After an extremely inauspicious New South Wales career fizzled out into obscurity at the turn of the millenium, few would have tipped the then-25 year old seamer to become an ODI star, but a move to colder climes worked wonders for his game. In the Leinster League, you will be hard pressed to find a club that hasn't benefited from Johnston as a player in his long club career in Dublin. The national side has also benefited at least as much as the clubs that Johnston has touched in the course of his playing days.
Trent Johnston has been a colossus of Irish cricket.
In 2011, he flew up the rankings all the way to number 14 in the world, the highest ranking ever achieved by a bowler from outside the Full Member nations. To anyone who could ever suggest that Trent Johnston is a case of a small nation importing talent, I ask you to watch the video of his team talk on St. Patrick's Day in 2007, and then ask you to find a more passionate Irishman.
Trent Johnston's future will be just as influential. He is now the coach of the Leinster Lightning provincial squad, as well as being on the ICC Cricket Committee. Clearly, even when his playing days draw to a close, the world of cricket will not have seen the last of Trent Johnston.