Johnson disappeared from football following the relegation of the Mighty Maulers from the PSL and their eventual collapse.
“I have decided to try and revive my career because I was missing the game so much. I joined Rangers for the last five games of the season and didn’t concede a single goal as we made our way to the play-offs,” he tells snl24.com/kickoff.
“We are now preparing for the play-offs and going through a hectic schedule in the seven weeks that we have remaining.
“After all the money troubles at Manning Rangers three years ago, I decided to take a break for a while. I began playing beach soccer for a year and I enjoyed myself, but I felt I wasn’t where I genuinely wanted to be.”
Gary, whose father Graham is goalkeeper coach at AmaZulu and is also related to ex-Supersport United keeper Grant, is targeting a return to the professional ranks again.
“I am aiming to be back in the PSL next season and am working my way back there by starting from here. I trained with AmaZulu late last year for a while, just to get the feeling before I moved to Rangers to get game time.
“I have managed to make considerable progress with my match fitness here and feel I will be ready again next season,” he says.
Johnson, now 26, made his debut in the PSL during the 2002-03 season, but then never became a regular.