Jordan Johnstone to leave at end of 2019

Jordan Johnstone to leave at end of 2019

9th August 2019

Widnes Vikings can confirm that Jordan Johnstone will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the current season to join Hull FC. 

The 22-year old joined the Vikings in 2015, moving down from his native Cumbria to be part of the club’s Academy system.

After impressing through the ranks at the club, Jordan went on to make his debut for the Vikings away to Catalans Dragons in 2016. 

Jordan’s consistent performances for the club has seen him inducted into the Vikings’ Club 20 initiative, becoming the 7th player from the Academy to make 20 appearances in the first team. 

2019 has been a year where Johnstone has made his mark as the club’s starting hooker, making the most appearances in the first team by playing 28 times in all competitions this season. 

Jordan has made a total of 64 appearances for the Vikings since making his debut for the club, scoring 5 tries. 

Jordan will link up with Hull FC for the 2020 season, but is fully committed to the Vikings and the club’s fight for silverware in the 1895 Cup final at Wembley and survival in the Betfred Championship. 

Jordan Johnstone says: “Widnes, as a club and a town, accepted me straight away when I moved down and gave me the opportunity to become the player that I am today. 

“I feel like I have progressed massively as a rugby league player since arriving at the club, and I’ll forever be thankful to Widnes Vikings and everyone involved at the club for that.

“At the end of last season, I stayed at the club because I believed we had a genuine chance of returning to Super League at the first attempt. 

“Unfortunately, things haven’t panned out in the way that I wanted them to, and this move to Hull FC was too big of an opportunity to turn down at this stage of my career. 

“Despite this, I want to carry on giving 100%, in both training and on a match day, for this club until the end of the season.

“It’s what I have done since I walked through the door all those years ago, and this announcement doesn’t change that. 

“I’m a fully committed Widnes player until the end of the season, and I want to make sure I leave this club on a high, by helping us to winning at Wembley and then by ensuring the club’s safety in the Championship.”

Phil Finney, Chief Executive of Widnes Vikings, says: “We are bitterly disappointed that Jordan is moving on from our club.  He has a brilliant personality and is maturing into an excellent player. Ever since his arrival at the club, Jordan has displayed a strong work ethic, toughness and shown immense pride in representing our club. 

“He showed massive commitment when moving down from his home in Whitehaven at the age of 18 to pursue a career here, and has always gone above and beyond when wearing the Widnes shirt. With his attitude and approach to the game, Jordan is a player deserving of everything he achieves and I’m sure he will become a real asset to Hull FC.

“After conversations with Jordan, he expressed his desire of wanting to continue in a full-time environment and play in Super League, and this opportunity for next season offers him that. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to be able to compete with clubs such as Hull and retain one of our best, young prospects.  We have to respect Jordan’s aspirations to play at the highest level he can and we are truly disappointed that he will not be with us in the immediate future.

“On behalf of the club, we would like to thank Jordan for all of his efforts during his time at Widnes Vikings, both on and off the field, and wish him and his family the best of luck for the future.”

Jordan Johnstone to leave at end of 2019