Hull KR v Warrington: ‘Dad is my biggest fan’ admits Rovers star Luis Johnson

AS much as Hull KR’s Luis Johnson has improved this term, he knows it is not only his coach Tony Smith who will challenge him further but his own dad, too.

The big second-row, 22, has made a place in the Robins side his own following an off-season move from Warrington Wolves.

Leeds-born Johnson arrived in a deal that saw prop Robbie Mulhern move the other way and – having only played a handful of games for Warrington – he is now clearly making his mark at Hull College Craven Park.

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His dad Errol played for Leeds and Bradford Northern in the 1980s and has had a big influence on his rugby.

Johnson said: “He’s into me all the time on how to improve.

“He’s my biggest fan but the first person to jump on me if I need to improve anything.

“He’s always talking about rugby. I’ve played it since the age of three or four so I’ve always wanted to out-do him and see how far I can go.

“It’s a bit of a competition between me and him about who’s the better player. It’s good.”

Hull KR's Luis Johnson closes down Leeds's Brad Dwyer.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Hull KR's Luis Johnson closes down Leeds's Brad Dwyer. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Wolves paid £45,000 to take a teenage Johnson from Castleford Tigers in 2018 – before he had even played a senior game.

Johnson feels his decision to switch clubs again has been vindicated and, as Rovers chase a fifth win out of six games when Wolves visit tomorrow, that he has settled into Super League.

He said: “It’s more natural now. I’m not going into the games too nervous. I know what to do to help my team-mates out and impress the coaches.

“I’ve got belief in myself and it’s all about doing the little things right. The big thing for me was game-time. Warrington have a lot of high-profile players so it was difficult at the time.

“And I played 2019 on loan here with Tony (Smith) and got on well with him them so it was a no-brainer.”

Tomorrow’s game, though, is under threat as Warrington have a number of players ruled out either as confirmed Covid-19 positives or as close contacts.

Their ability to fulfil the fixture has been threatened by two further lateral flow positives yesterday. A final decision will be made later today once the club has received its PCR results on those players.