Otago based, Hayden Johnston has been named in the leadership group for the Southern Saints for the 2022 AFLNZ Premiership season.
The 2019 U18 player of the year, played a major role in the Saints 2020 Premiership winning side.
National Head Coach, Chris Mundell had touted Johnston for a selection call up firstly for the 2020 International Cup and then recently a debut for the NZ Falcons in September following back to back strong seasons in the Premiership. On both occasions Covid has dealt a blow to the key defenders aspirations.
Strong in the air and uncompromising, he reads the play well and has grown into one of the best key defenders in the country. Calm with ball in hand and touted as a future Saints Captain, Johnston has hopes of Otago representatives playing a significant role with the Saints success in 2022.