2014 Player Review: Alex Johnston
We dissect the performance of the players that lifted the Rabbitohs to become champions of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership. Today, we look at our rookie of the year, Alex Johnston.
From NYC player, to first grader, to Premiership winner, to Kangaroo – all in the space of a rugby league season. Season 2014 was ‘big’ on so many levels for the cardinal and myrtles, but for this Souths Junior, 2014 was the kind of year one usually only experiences when in deep REM sleep, and he's still pinching himself.
Johnston started the season in the Rabbitohs Holden Cup side, before quickly progressing through the NSW Cup competition to make his NRL debut in a round eight blockbuster against the Broncos on ANZAC Day – scoring a try on debut.
In just 18 appearances, the Rabbitohs’ speedster became the Clubs’ top try-scorer with 21 to his name (eight more than any other Rabbitoh) for a personal first season haul of 84 points.
In a season of many highlights for the La Perouse product, Johnston managed a hat-trick of four-pointers against the Newcastle Knights in round 21 in Cairns, before having the honour of becoming the first Rabbitoh to score a try in a Grand Final in 43 years.
The South Sydney Junior averaged 104.4 metres per match with the ball in hand, made 35 tackle breaks, 21 line breaks, six offloads and two try-assists – justifiably being named the 2014 John Sattler Rookie of the Year at last week’s Red and Green Ball.