There were passionate pleas from many for the Rabbitohs to hold onto Johnston, including teammate Cody Walker.

In round 21, Alex Johnston was switched back to fullback after poor performances by Souths who were on a three game losing streak. NRL Round Table: Which team wins the premiership from here? [8], On 13 February 2015, Johnston played on the wing for the Indigenous All Stars against the NRL All Stars in the 2015 All Stars match at Cbus Super Stadium, the Indigenous side winning 20-6. Last week, the Rabbitohs backflipped and announced they had re-signed Johnston on a two-year deal until the end of 2022.

While Johnston admitted the current lockdown in Melbourne played into his decision to turn down the Storm, there were 'other factors' there as well.

Not that Melbourne Storm are in any hurry to release him from the final two years of his contract. [5][6] Johnston finished his brilliant debut year in the NRL as being the competitions highest tryscorer of the 2014 NRL season with 21 tries in 18 matches. In his return game in round 10 against the Parramatta Eels, he played in his preferred position at fullback in a 22-20 win. [9] On 23 February, he played for the Rabbitohs in the 2015 World Club Challenge match against 2014 Super League Grand Final premiers St. Helens, playing on the wing in the Rabbitohs' 39-0 win at Langtree Park. [7] On 14 October 2014, Johnston was selected for the Australia Kangaroos 2014 Four Nations squad but didn't make an appearance in any of Australia's four matches. Johnston spurns more cash to stay at Bunnies, Panthers into NRL Grand Final with 17 wins in a row, Meninga joins Bennett in Qld Origin boost, Souths' high error rate not proving costly, Code-hopper Caslick suffers fractured spine, Storm blow Raiders away, advance to Grand Final, Storm's Smith plays down Suncorp farewell.

Moses hoping he's learned from finals failures, Corvo the man behind the Storm's professionalism, Six Again: Some real pretenders going into the finals, Warriors finish season on a high vs. Sea Eagles, Marshall's farewell match ruined by injury, Raiders hold off Sharks in finals preview, Rabbitohs destroy Roosters for biggest win since 1980, Knights stumble as Titans cap off their season in style, Rabbitohs pile on 60 against finals-bound Roosters, Cowboys hand Broncos the wooden spoon with easy win, NRL Round Table: Clear winner in 2020 most disappointing team award, Six Again: Refereeing causes Ricky to blow his stack, Aubusson stars in 303rd game as the Roosters down the Sharks, Bellamy flips Smith the bird in Storm win, Storm score nine tries in emphatic win over Tigers, Panthers clinch minor premiership in Townsville, Bulldogs stun Rabbitohs, win third game of 2020. NRL Round Table: What does the future hold for Wests Tigers? Earlier in the season, Johnston all but confirmed that it appeared he would be moved on from the Rabbitohs at the end of this season. "I'm absolutely stoked to be staying and continuing my dream of being a one-club man," he said. Johnston has been in superb form for Souths this season with 14 tries - the second most in the competition behind Wests Tigers' David Nofoaluma (17). [10] For the 2015 Anzac Test, he was selected to make his debut for Australia against New Zealand, playing on the wing in the Kangaroos' 12-26 loss at Suncorp Stadium. Reason 1001 why AJ should never leave the bunnies #NRLTigersSouths NRL Finals Wk 3 teams: Munster named to play, Six Again: Cook's miraculous knee carrying the Bunnies, Rabbitohs overpower Eels in NRL semifinal, Six Again: Rule clarity needed urgently for fans, Rabbitohs end Knights' season with commanding win, Injured Cook leads Souths to NRL finals win, Storm blow away Eels for spot in preliminary finals, Munster hurt as Storm eclipse Eels in NRL, Raiders take down Sharks in elimination final, Panthers survive Roosters scare for preliminary finals spot, Cleary leads Penrith to win over Roosters. [22] He was then moved back and forth as the club attempted to find a line-up that would win them. It ended months of speculation about the players future as he had been linked to Melbourne, Wests Tigers and North Queensland. In round 2, Johnston was named at fullback for the club's clash with the Manly Sea Eagles. NRL Round Table: Will SBW make an impact for Roosters. Johnston was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and is of Indigenous Australian and Papua New Guinean descent. Since re-signing with the Rabbitohs, he put in a strong performance against the Wests Tigers last Thursday., Rabbitohs backflipped and announced they had re-signed Johnston, Johnston all but confirmed that it appeared he would be moved on from the Rabbitohs, James Tedesco coy on reported lifetime deal with Sydney Roosters. [25][26], At the end of the 2019 regular season, Souths finished third on the table and qualified for the finals. On 14 June he re-signed with the Rabbitohs until the end of the 2020 season. South Sydney winger Alex Johnston has sacrificed about $200,000 to remain at the club after he agreed to a two-year NRL extension on Wednesday. [17][18] On 15 December, he was named on the wing for the Indigenous All Stars team to play the World All Stars on 13 February 2016. Johnston scored a try in the club's 34-26 victory over Manly-Warringah in the semi-final at ANZ Stadium. He has played for both Australia and Papua New Guinea at international level.

He then went on to score 6 tries in his next 3 games and was the leading try scorer with 2 rounds to go. I think that Wests tigers would also be looking like mugs. "I was close to going down to Melbourne there and I probably had a couple of days before having to make a decision and Souths came to the table and said 'we're going to make you an offer'. [27][28], In round 12 of the 2020 NRL season, Johnston scored a hat-trick as South Sydney defeated St. George 32-24 at Kogarah Oval.

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