Tommy Johnson, the all-time record holder for North Wales Crusaders appearances, has extended his stay at the club by another year.

Along with Rob Massam, Johnson is the only player remaining at Crusaders from the club’s debut season back in 2012.

The 29-year-old has made 170 appearances for North Wales to date, scoring an impressive 57 tries, 564 goals and 1,356 points in the process.

After featuring consistently for the Wrexham club over many years, Johnson had to sit out the entirety of the 2019 season because of injury.

However, you could never tell he’d been away as he impressed in the early part of 2020 before the campaign was cut short due to COVID-19.

On his new deal, Johnson said: “I’m made up to have signed a new deal and I’m looking forward to getting back out there.

“I was obviously out injured for a long time, but I was chomping at the bit to get back and I was really starting to enjoy my rugby again. It was great to be back out there with the lads.

“I thought we were really starting to gel as a team. The squad has changed a lot from when I first joined, but you could tell there was a real good ethos among the lads.

“It’s only natural that myself and some of the other lads are now the more experienced players.

“We’ve got a lot of new, younger lads and it’s up to us more experienced players to help them wherever we can.”

North Wales head coach Anthony Murray added: “Tommy was looking great after a full year out with injury.

“We’d really missed his leadership from fullback and it was like having a brand-new signing.

“It’s a shame the season was cancelled because Tommy was rediscovering his old form.

“It’s great to have him board for another year as he’ll be a big player for us moving forward.”

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