Ask any Warrington fan what they made of the 2017 season and the vast majority - if not all of them - would tell you it was an absolute disaster; the only saving grace was that the Wolves easily secured their Super League status in the end-of-season Middle 8s Qualifiers. As the 2018 season approaches, most are optimistic that, with a new head coach in place and an overhaul of players, the club is ready to spring back to the top of the table once more. If they are to do so, they not only need their new signings to fire on all cylinders but also their up-and-coming youngsters.

The likes of Declan Patton, Harvey Livett and George King were all given a shot in the first team in 2017 and impressed in an underwhelming side overall.

Yet, over the years, Warrington - despite their levels of spending - have failed to produce a number of quality young stars and have often delved into other teams' academies. This youth player is, unfortunately, another signed from a rival side, but Warrington will not care if he produces the talent which those around him knows he possesses.

Luis Johnson

Luis Johnson had been a part of the Castleford Tigers' scholarship setup since the age of 15. And, despite never making a first-team appearance for the club, many predicted a bright future for the youngster at the Tigers. Yet, in December 2017, Warrington Wolves offered a remarkable fee of £45,000 for the 19-year-old back-rower. Though regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the game, the Tigers accepted the offer, taking into account Johnson's wishes as well as Castleford's glut of talented back-rowers.

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Johnson is highly regarded within the academy game, starring in the England Academy's - of which Warrington's assistant coach Lee Briers is the head coach - international Tests against France in late 2017; his performances were that impressive that he was named Man of the Series. Previous to these Tests, the youngster had also featured in the Under 19s Grand Final for the Tigers in 2017. With his athletic ability, size and aggressive style as well as a formidable defence, Johnson is sure to make his first-team bow in the near future.

In fact, Warrington was so keen to make the deal that the youngster was awarded a four-year deal. His willingness to learn and determined attitude to make it as a Rugby League player ensures the Wolves are likely to reap the rewards of Johnson's talents and drive over the course of his career. Hungry for first-team action at the age of 19 and having been in and around a first-team environment for the past few years, Johnson has a solid foundation from which to kick on in 2018 - if given the chance by his new club.

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