Dan’s speed and awareness on the field is very impressive for someone so new to the game. It became obvious early on in the season that we needed to get the ball out wide so he could use his speed in open space. I had a funny moment as I was cheering him on from the sidelines last Summer. His family was looking at me like I was a lunatic and their expression said it all: “what did Dan get himself into?” I navigated them through some of the finer points of the game and while I don’t think I convinced them that it is a perfectly safe way to spend an afternoon, they did see the huge smile on his face when he scored a try. Dan simultaneously increases our speed and street cred; we look forward to his continued development and expect big things from him this Summer.
Name: Dan Johnson
What was your greatest experience during the 2011 season?
Scoring for the first time in my career. I’ve talked to guys that had to wait a couple seasons for that to happen, and getting mine in the first game was amazing.
What is the greatest strength you brought to The Sharks this year?
I think my combination of speed and strength is something that helps me with the position that I play.
What do you plan to bring to team in your sophomore season?
A better overall knowledge of the game. I think that by understanding the game better I’ll be able to put my team in better positions to win games.
What do you find most challenging aspect of playing rugby league in the AMNRL and for the Sharks?
The most challenging aspect for me was learning the game on the fly. As long as our team can consistently get the same people out to games and practices we will be fine.
Goals for the 2012 season:
Get more involved in the offensive part of the game.
What does playing for The Sharks mean to you?
It’s good competition, a great way to stay in shape, and another way to hang out with friends.
What is your rugby league career goal?
To hopefully win a championship and make the national team.
What is most important to The Sharks Success Moving forward?
Steady turnouts in practice and at games.
Name one team in the AMNRL that you want to beat more than any other:
New York Knights
Who is your greatest influence in Rugby league?
Steve Tormey, he’s the one that got me into this.
What message would you like to send to the fans and competitors of The Bucks County Sharks?
Come out and watch us, this is going to be an exciting year for us and we’re only getting better.