Central Division rugby league representative Jack Johnson found strength to push on through the pain barrier.
Central Division rugby league representative Jack Johnson found strength to push on through the pain barrier.

All in the heart for junior

JACK Johnson is one tough cookie. The youngster powered on through the Central Division junior trials in Wondai late last month despite breaking his thumb midway through the weekend’s opening game.

He said there was no hesitation in making the decision to play on even with only 1cm of limited movement in the damaged limb.

“I’d been training the whole off-season for this, there was no way I was going to miss it,” Johnson said.

The tear-away hooker could look to rugby league great John Sattler for inspiration, who played through the entire 1970 South Sydney grand final with a broken jaw. Souths won.

Johnson’s choice to push on through the pain looked to have also paid off for him with selection in the under-16 Central Division side contesting the Mal Mengina Cup.

The first game kicks-off this weekend in Miles before continuing on to Brisbane and the Gold Coast in the following weeks. Johnson, however, would be spending the first four weeks of his representation watching from the sidelines.

“It’s shocking. I just want to be out there training with the boys,” Johnson said. “Luckily I can still run.”

“The first couple of x-rays didn’t show much, then later they found it was broken.”


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