Hull FC academy director Danny Wilson has identified Ryan Johnson as one for fans to look out for in the reserve ranks this season.
Following the splitting of the City of Hull Academy, Wilson has resumed his role with the Black and Whites with the club set to place a huge emphasis in producing homegrown talent, with Lee Radford a huge advocate of the reserve grade.
The Black and Whites were one of just two Super League teams to run a second string outfit last season and they’ll be looking to be up there this season in the new compulsory competition, which will consist of 14 teams.
Details of the reserve competition are still to be confirmed, but Radford is keen to field a strong reserve outfit and Wilson is excited to see which of his talent may shine in the competition.
“We’re all hoping that all the clubs live up to the expectation of making that a really strong competition and making sure that when players are coming back from injury or are coming out of the academy that they are playing in the best possible competition,” he told Hull Live.
“I think that might take one or two years to be where it needs to be, but for the time being until that kicks off I can’t really identify the level of competition and which players will stand up.”
Asked to name one of his players who he thinks might go well for the Black and Whites in the reserves competition next season, Wilson singled out Johnson.
The outside back is still relatively new to the Black and Whites having arrived late into the system, but Wilson believes he can do big things should he set his mind to It.
"For us, I’m really excited about Ryan Johnson, who is a young player who has graduated out of the academy last year,” he added.
“He’s still studying at university and he’ll be one of those players that is not quite first-team yet but is certainly in that reserve grade squad, he came in from Hull Wyke last year and he’s very athletic.
“He came into the system late and he’s a great advert for young players who don’t quite get scholarships at a young age.
“Watch how Ryan grows and develops over the next 24 months, he’s a great advert for sticking with it and developing at good community clubs and understanding there are entry routes later on.
“He was with us last year for 12 months and he’s got a reserve grade deal at the end of that and a bit more time to develop. He’s a great kid, I’m looking forward to working with him. He’s an outside back so he can play full-back, centre and wing and he’s got a lot of development in him to go further.”
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