South Sydney speedster Alex Johnston was proud to have his name mentioned as a possibility for Origin Game II selection and has set out to constantly improve himself at Club level to eventually achieve the goal.
Johnston and fellow Souths Junior Dylan Walker, had both been mentioned as potential shadow players for the Blues in the lead-up to Origin II at the MCG – a game won by the Blues in a classic Origin encounter in front of a record crowd.
“I think it’s very cool to be in their (NSW Coach Laurie Daley’s) thoughts,” said Johnston.
“But that’s up to them at the end of the day and I know I’ve just got to focus on my job and play good footy and that’ll come.”
After having the bye in Round 15, Johnston will be looking to put his best foot forward this Friday night when the Rabbitohs take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium.
While Walker would ultimately be called into Laurie Daley’s side as a shadow player, Johnston has taken the opportunity to critique his game further.
“I know personally I need to toughen up mentally and try to be fit and ready to go when I get the opportunity.”
“(Origin is) a new level of physicality – I need to make those harder tackles and do those extra little things.”
“If I was given the opportunity I know I would give it my best shot.”
Johnston – a veteran of just 32 first grade games – is no stranger to the rep scene, having already represented his country in one Test match earlier in the year. The 20-year-old also represented his people in the pre-season Indigenous All Stars game this year.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles on Friday night (26 June) in Round 16 of the NRL. Click here to purchase your tickets now!