Tom Johnstone told he can stay away from Wakefield – to work with England
TOM Johnstone has been told having a day off training at Wakefield is no bad thing – as he will be working with England.
Today is the day national boss Shaun Wane has waited 14 months for. The chance to work with his squad on the field.
England players will be in Leeds being put through their paces as they are told what to do before the Autumn’s World Cup and how to do it.
Trinity winger Johnstone will be one of them, even if he is not allowed to train after picking up a head knock in Saturday’s Challenge Cup loss to Catalans.
And club boss Chris Chester has no problem with him missing club duties as the current regime cares about club’s concerns.
He said: “Tom will miss a day’s training but what’s really good about the England set up and speaking to Shaun is there’s been that transparency and openness regarding what the players are going to e doing.
“They’ve asked for information from our medical and strength and conditioning staff regarding the loads put on players during the week.
“That’s something Shaun was really big on as having spoken to him, he’s had some issues in the past.
“He’s said certain players could only run a certain distance but that was neglected and players came back either carrying a knock or missing games.
“That’s what’s been really good with Shaun, he’s been open and honest. We’ve said, ‘Tom’s an England player, we know we’ve got a game Friday but he’s your player for that day.’
“As long as it’s nothing ridiculous, I’m all for it. We need to get behind the England team and Shaun and what he wants to achieve with that group.”
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