Paul Johnson: I will handle added Hull FC pressures
PAUL Johnson says he will relish the pressure to perform after joining Hull FC from Wakefield.
The 24-year-old forward has agreed a two-year deal at the KC Stadium to become the sixth new signing for next year.
Rejecting the chance to stay with the Wildcats, Johnson joins a strong pack that has already seen Ben Galea and Gareth Ellis added to the likes of Andy Lynch, Mark O'Meley and Liam Watts.
But despite being under pressure to get a starting place and win trophies, it was that challenge which convinced him to test himself at the KC Stadium.
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"There is a lot of pressure going to Hull because they've got huge ambitions, but it is a pressure I am looking forward to," Johnson told the Mail.
"There is a great squad at Hull, they will be pushing for big things next year and I want to be a part of that. Hull have a great pack, but also have a great team too. I'll be working on my game too and hopefully I can play a big part in that team.
"Every time you go out on the pitch you want to win and you want the rewards at the end of the season, like a Grand Final or a Challenge Cup. That's why I've come to Hull and I can't wait for that challenge."
The former St Helens player has spent the last two seasons at the Wildcats, picking up the player of the year award in 2011.
Having started his career in the second-row, Johnson has developed into a prop and fits the mould favoured by coach Peter Gentle of a mobile front rower.
Ex-Hull coach Richard Agar had attempted to keep hold of Johnson, only to see his player reject any contract offers to make the switch to the KC.
Full of praise for his time at the Wildcats, Johnson says it was important for him at this stage of his career to have a fresh challenge.
"I've had two great years at Wakefield, I've enjoyed my time there but I felt it was time to move on and give myself a new challenge," added Johnson.
"I cannot wait to get started now and I am really looking forward to getting going in pre-season.
"Hull is a great club, it is one I admire with a great stadium and a great fan base and it is a place I am really looking forward to playing my rugby at."