It came after a disrupted pre-season where he was forced to spend much of it on a train and trial contract thanks to the NRL and Rugby League Players Association's dispute over the collective bargaining agreement.
That ultimately stopped teams from confirming their 2023 Top 30s and salary caps, but Johns was eventually signed to a one-year deal and wound up playing a lot more rugby league than maybe what had first been indicated.
With Schuster's form poor throughout most of the season to the point he will move back to the second-row on a fulltime basis in 2024, Johns made eight appearances and was solid for the men from the Northern Beaches.
Cooper Johns looks like he is heading to @HullFC
— The Mole (@9_Moley) September 25, 2023
Johns, who was a Manly junior before his move to Melbourne where he failed to lock down a permanent role in the halves, has played just 19 NRL games since his 2020 debut.
The half would join Tony Smith's squad at Hull and likely move straight into the starting 17, where he would join the likes of other ex-NRL players in Tex Hoy, Carlos Tuimavave, Ligi Sao and Chris Satae.