Four-try hero says Hammers have turned the corner
RUGBY UNION: Hammers winger Kyle Johnston has a habit of winning games for his side.
Cast your mind back to 2016, and Johnston's last minute try against Fraser Coast secured the club's only win of the season.
A four-try haul saw him repeat last season's heroics as the Hammers notched their first win of the year against University at the weekend.
While Johnston says his team has a long way to go in establishing itself as a genuine finals contender, he thinks the blue and gold have finally turned a leaf.
"I think we have gained a lot more confidence this year,” he said.
"We (the Hammers) are one big family.
"We just try and look after everyone, that is now showing on the field; we are just trusting each other more.”
The speedster is finally finding a place in the competitive Hammers back line after playing a utility role last year.
Called to play in numerous positions, including a stint at breakaway, Johnston is providing stability on the traditionally vulnerable Hammers flank.
"I just want to do the best I can for the club,” he said.
"I would like to get back into the centres eventually, but at the moment I am just happy playing the game.”
Following the 25-19 point win, Hammers coach Jason McPherson acknowledged his side is gaining momentum.
"There is so much confidence in our back line at the moment,” McPherson said.
"It doesn't mean they would get the same success with a different side.
"We still have a long way to go to fine tune but our set piece is solid and we will be at our strongest this weekend.”
The Hammers take on ladder-mates Maroochydore on Saturday at Leprechaun Park.