Shaun Johnson signs three-year deal with NRL club

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Saturday, 1 December 2018, 2:48PM
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Shaun Johnson's move to the Cronulla Sharks has been confirmed, with the Kiwis halfback signing a three-year deal.

The Sharks announced the signing this afternoon, just three days after Johnson was granted a release by the Warriors.

"It's been a crazy few weeks but it's good to lock it all away. I can't wait to get over here and to rip in. It's really exciting," Johnson said. "I want to add value where I can. The Sharks are a tough side, they know how to win and that's what I'm excited to be a part of."

Shaun also posted an announcement on his social media accounts, sharing the news with his fans. 

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The move to the Sharks could see Johnson relinquish his favoured No 7 jersey and slot into the halves alongside halfback and former Warriors teammate Chad Townsend.

The move out to five-eighth would follow his selection at No 6 for the Kiwis for their shock win over Australia in Auckland last month and throughout the end of year 2-1 test series loss in England.

Johnson has played the bulk of his 162 games for the Warriors at halfback but this year played more like a five-eighth in a roving role, while No 6 Blake Green took on the organising responsibilities.

The change eased the burden on Johnson and allowed him to inject himself into the attack whenever he saw opportunities to unleash his lethal running game.

Joining the Sharks will also see Johnson benefit from playing behind Cronulla's monster forward pack, with the likes of wrecking-ball Andrew Fifita, captain Paul Gallen and skilful back-rower Wade Graham sure to provide him with time and space to work in.

The move comes after Shaun recently announced that he would be leaving the Vodafone Warriors, as they gave him an immediate release from his contract. 

Shaun is accustomed to pressure but struggled under the weight of expectation at the Warriors, but that will only intensify while he is living and playing in the goldfish bowl environment of Sydney.

This article was originally published at nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission