If Latrell Mitchell fails to fire at fullback for Souths in the first half of the season, it’s not the end of Souths’ chances.
Alex Johnston can play fullback and Latrell could move to the centres – but who would you drop?
Braidon Burns? James Roberts? Campbell Graham and put Burns in the wing or keep Latrell at fullback and put Johnston on the wing? What could you do?
With the news that Josh Morris wants out of Cronulla to play with his brother Brett at the reigning premiers Sydney Roosters, the Sharks backline at the moment is in shambles.
Alex Johnston could be the player to make their backline look a lot better with Matt Moylan being injured for the first month and Dugan’s future slightly uncertain AJ could be a big difference along with speedster Bronson Xerri and new recruit Jesse Ramien.
The backline for the Sharks could look like this:
1. Josh Morris 2. Sione Katoa 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Jesse Ramien 5. William Kennedy for the first month and when Moylan comes back and Morris goes to the Roosters then their backline could look like this if Johnston signs:
1. Matt Moylan 2. Sione Katoa 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Alex Johnston.
Johnston can play anywhere in the backline which makes him so good and with the loss of Latrell in the centres, the Roosters could also sign Alex Johnston to play centre if they’re unable to get Josh Morris.
Imagine a backline containing Joey Manu, James Tedesco and Alex Johnston which could make the Roosters chance of a three-peat more likely. Brett Morris’ career is coming to an end and Johnston could replace Morris on the wing.
If the trade is unsuccessful between Paul Momirovski (Tigers to Storm) and Harry Grant (Storm to Tigers) then the Storm could be looking for another player like Alex Johnston who can play centre which will improve their backline which contains Ryan Papenhuyzen, Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr.
The Storm need a replacement for Vunivalu and could lose Addo-Carr who wants to move back to Sydney. Alex Johnston can be the man to replace Vunivalu and could be signed in 2020.
Papenhuyzen will play fullback, Vunivalu and Addo-Carr on the wing and Johnston can play in the centres until 2021 when Vunivalu moves to Union then Johnston can play on the wing.
The Sharks need a winger like Johnston to play full time who can also play fullback if Moylan gets injured. If Johnston does play fullback then Moylan can play on the wing or come off the bench and someone like a Sione Katoa or Ronaldo Mulitalo can play on the wing.
Alex Johnston can stay at Souths and he will have to pray that Latrell doesn’t play well at fullback so Latrell will move to centre and Johnston can play fullback or an injury to Campbell Graham or Dane Gagai can be an opening for Johnston.
If his prayers don’t work then Johnston will be sitting on the side lines for most of the 2020 season.