Warriors star looking for new home

Ruben Hill
November 28, 2018

New Zealand Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson now doesn't have a contract in front of him for beyond the 2019 season, which could mean his next season in NZ could be his last.

The New Zealand representative took to social media on Monday with a statement clarifying his position at the club and confirming that he is seeing "what's out there".

As first reported by the Herald, the Warriors informed Johnson and his manager they would not be moving quickly to offer him a contract extension and that he was free to test his value on the open market.

"Firstly there is no contract for me to sign past 2019", Johnson wrote on Facebook.

"That means I get to spread my wings and what's out there so right now that's what I'm doing".

The Canberra Raiders had been touted as a potential home for Johnson if he was to leave the Auckland-based Warriors, however the club said earlier this month that it was not formally considering him as an option.

It is understood that doubts among the Warriors that Johnson can lead them to an NRL title have intensified over the a year ago, after a number of inconsistent performances.

"All of you know you how much the Warriors mean to me and how grateful I am for the opportunity they have given me to live my dreams and play the sport I love".

Johnson, who has played over 160 games for the Warriors since making his debut in 2011, has earned 29 caps at worldwide level for New Zealand.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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