JOSH JOHNSON is making a big impact at the Huddersfield Giants.
Head coach Paul Anderson is predicting the 19-year-old prop could make his Super League breakthrough sooner rather than later.
Johnson has spent the past three weeks in full training following post-season ankle surgery.
That followed a successful summer tour with the England Academy in Australia, where he figured in both Tests against the hosts as well as two warm-up fixtures.
Johnson’s time away – on a tour where fellow Giants youngster Peter Aspinall was also involved – helped improve his all-round game.
And Anderson is now looking forward to the talented teenager taking the next big step.
“When it comes to effort, attitude and application, Josh has been one of our best throughout pre-season,” said Anderson.
“He’s absolutely killing it at the moment, and who knows what he can achieve if he keeps this up. Josh is certainly making the right sort of impression.
“He’s now got a couple of pre-seasons under his belt, and he’s maturing with every session.
“Matty Dawson’s in a pretty similar situation.
“I couldn’t be more delighted with the work Josh has produced.
“Like all the young blokes, his aim is to become an established Super League player and he’s going the right way about it.”