Johnston didn’t hesitate over new deal

Ben Johnston
Ben Johnston

Rookie scrum half Ben Johnston said that signing a contract to keep him at Halifax until the end of 2017 was an “easy decision” to make.

The 22 year old, a close season recruit from Castleford, tore up his existing two year deal after sealing an upgraded three and a half year agreement reflecting his impressive form since his move from Wheldon Road.

“I am really happy with it,” said Johnston, who celebrated with another eye-catching performance as Fax won 28-12 at Rochdale.

“I have loved every minute of my time here so far and signing the contract was an easy decision for me.

“I wasn’t really getting a shot at Castleford, I came here for a chance and it seems to have worked out for both parties.

“I need to keep working hard, because there are still a lot of improvements I need to make to my game.

“I am passionate person and I want to keep getting better and repay the faith people have shown in me.

“I can’t stress how grateful I am, I just want to kick on now.”

Johnston pointed to Fax skipper and half back partner Scott Murrell, who was in dominant form at Spotland, as an example of how he hopes his own game can develop over the next few years.

“I’m obviously pretty quick over the first 10 metres, but there is so much more to the game than that,” said Johnston.

“I’m enjoying working alongside Scott, and there are a lot of things I can learn from him.

“He’s a great organiser, he takes hold of games like he did on Sunday and that’s something I need to develop.”