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Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 5: Steve Johnson

He’s old, coming off an indifferent season, and finds himself at a new club with many intangibles hanging over his head. And that’s exactly why I want to have Stevie J for Christmas in 2015 – or in my Ultimate Footy team at least.

Needless to say 2015 was one of disappointment for Johnson, apart from his final game where his mercurial best shone brighter than it had all year. With all of the green vests, the frustrations and the sub-70 scores, Johnson still managed to average 86.6.

He now finds himself at the Giants. And despite looking out of place like the tall, skinny 18 year old at the beach in his budgy smugglers, who wrote this piece, the younger Giants will look to Johnson inside fifty.

GWS have struggled for accuracy in front of goal for some time now, and Johnson, who seems to be able to kick goals from just about anywhere, will be an elite option inside fifty.

There is minimal chance Johnson will return to his 2013 form, where he was the highest averaging player, but anything around the 95 mark is enough to warrant selection come draft time. Despite this season being his worst return since 2006, ten scores of 90+ and a ceiling pushing the 120 bracket suggests that Stevie J still has plenty left to offer.

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