Former Kells amateur Jordan Johnstone is looking to make his mark in Super League after sealing a move back to English rugby league’s top flight with Hull FC.

Johnstone, 22, has penned a three-year deal at the KCOM Stadium and is keen to make up for lost time when he leaves Widnes Vikings to link up with his new club at the end of the season.

He said: “It’s a massive opportunity to go to a club the size of Hull.

“It’s not something that comes around very often so I grabbed it with both hands.

“I’m just looking forward to moving over there with my girlfriend because it’s a new city for me, meeting all the fans (because they’re supposed to be crazy) and having a real crack at Super League again.”

The hooker will have to push captain and former Man of Steel Danny Houghton for a place in the side but Johnstone is confident he is capable of both challenging and learning from the one-club man.

“Danny is probably going to be first choice but I’m not going there to make up the numbers; I’m going to play,” he said. “He’s one of the best hookers in Super League so I’m going to be looking at learning from him and seeing what he does day in, day out which can only make me a better player.”

Johnstone has previous in Super League with Widnes after securing a dream move from Whitehaven in 2015 but was part of the squad which was relegated in 2017.

This time he feels better prepared and ready to show what he can do against the best sides in the country.

“On a personal level it’s probably been the most consistent season I’ve had,” he said. “I found my feet early doors and I think I’ve played the most games at the club this year so I’ve really enjoyed it.

“I’ve had a full season playing against grubby men in the Championship, been battered round and sore after games.

“I am more prepared for Super League now, 100 per cent.”

Johnstone was snapped up for the Vikings’ academy from Cumbria Storm after playing a number of games on trial. He made his debut against Catalans Dragons six months later and was rewarded with a professional contract after scoring his first senior try for the club against Rochdale Hornets in the Challenge Cup.

Barring a spell on loan with London Broncos last year he has been in and out of the Widnes side ever since but this year he cemented his place as one of their key players in the Championship.