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Wildcats sign Johnson

Saints reserve joins Wakefield while namesake moves to Crusaders

Last Updated: 08/10/10 10:54am

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Johnson: Joining Crusaders

Johnson: Joining Crusaders

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Wakefield confirmed on Friday that they have signed Paul Johnson from St Helens while at the same time releasing his namesake to Crusaders.

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The incoming Paul Johnson is the former Saints reserve prop or back-row forward, who has signed on a two-year contract.

The 22-year-old former Blackbrook amateur played for Championship club Whitehaven on a dual-registration this year but also made two Super League appearances.

Wildcats head coach John Kear said: "We've had our eye on Paul for quite some time and we've been following his progress keenly.

"We're assembling a squad based mainly around young players who have the drive and hunger to succeed at Super League level and Paul certainly fits that bill."

The second Paul Johnson, a second rower who formerly played for Wigan, Bradford and Warrington, has joined Crusaders after he was not offered a new contract by the Wildcats.

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