With a Little Help from AJ’s Friends
Recent debutant, Alex Johnston, has praised his first-grade teammates – including his idol growing up, Greg Inglis – for helping him improve his game in his first year in the top grade.
Since making his debut on ANZAC Day in the Rabbitohs’ thrilling victory over the Brisbane Broncos, Johnston has settled into the top grade by his own admission on the back of the help of teammates such as Inglis.
“This year in particular – especially in pre-season – Greggy (Inglis), has been helping me out, tipping me up,” said Johnston.
“He gives me advice at training – just where to be, what to do and all-round skill wise. Most of the boys are really helping me a lot so it’s good to know that they’re trying to help me become a better player, and I do my best for them as well.”
Just five games into the Souths Junior’s career, Johnston has crossed the stripe seven times for a total of 28 points – many of his four-pointers earning starts in highlights reels. But despite the praise, Johnston admits the experience has been humbling as he continues to make strides in first-grade.
“It’s been very humbling,” admitted Johnston.
“But obviously I’ve just got to focus on my game. This week we have a tough game coming up.”
But the jump up to first grade still hasn’t worn off on Johnston, citing that he is still living the dream playing alongside many of his heroes.
“It really is a dream come true, as funny as it sounds,” said Johnston.
“I’m loving it and I try to grab it with two hands and hopefully I can keep playing good footy. “
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