Goal-machine Johnson hoping to fire for Stevenage

Danny Johnson

Danny Johnson - Credit: Archant

Danny Johnson is looking to fire Stevenage into promotion contention, starting on Saturday at Mansfield Town.

The 21-year-old striker was smashing in goals for non-league Guisborough Town last season – 48 and 51 games – before attracting interest from a number of clubs.

He moved to Cardiff City ahead of this season and, after spending the first months in the development squad, earned a loan move to Tranmere, scoring in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Bury.

He returned to Cardiff and was halfway through a development game when he was told he was off to Stevenage.

“I didn’t know anything about it. At half time of a development squad game, the manager said ‘get a shower and get in the office and sign the paperwork, you’re going to Stevenage on loan’, which I was happy about.”

Johnson admitted his loan at Tranmere didn’t go as well as it could have, but he knows what he brings to the table.

“Goals. Everywhere I’ve gone I’ve scored goals. Hopefully, I’ll get them here and push Boro into the play-off spots,” he said.

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“There weren’t many chances at Tranmere. The only shot in the box I scored so you can’t ask for much more than that. It didn’t work out there so hopefully it’s second time lucky.”

Since move to Cardiff, Johnson has trained with the likes of Kenwyne Jones, formerly of Stoke, and he’s learned a lot.

“They’ve all played at the top level so watching them, seeing the movement, the way they train, the way they are off the training ground…you’ve got to learn from them to get to that top level.”