WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 19: Shaun Johnson of the Sharks kicks during the round 18 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Cronulla Sharks at Westpac Stadium on July 19, 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Sharks superstar Shaun Johnson is set to assess his options for the 2022 season, with the New Zealand international’s management already looking to test the waters of the open market, per The Australian’s Brent Read.

The 30-year-old is off-contract at the end of this season and will likely miss a majority of the opening rounds of the year due to an Achilles injury, with Cronulla’s campaign likely to rely on the presence of their star halfback.

Despite the Sharks’ dependency on the veteran playmaker, the club will be needing to smooth over their current salary strains, with a number of notable high-priced players so far failing to have the impact their respective wage suggests.

The ticking clock is leaving Johnson and his representatives to discuss the half’s options for the future, with the Warriors already being sought for potentially welcoming back their former star.

However, despite the Auckland-based club set to lose captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck at he end of the season, they have turned down any move that would see Johnson head back across the ditch.

The Sharks, along with the Warriors, have shown interest in off-contract Storm halfback Jahrome Hughes, only for Cronulla to remove themselves from contention after knowing what price tag the Melbourne gun would cost.

Johnson has played 34 matches for Cronulla since leaving the Warriors at the end of the 2018 season, scoring five tries in his time on the Shire

2 COMMENTS

  1. Considering he hasn’t hit any great heights, and his injury concerns since he moved to the Shire, I can’t see any NRL clubs offering Shaun Johnson the big money he’s been getting since he left the Warriors. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up going to the English Super League after the upcoming season.

  2. I’d have him back at the Warriors if we miss out on Hughes and he’s not asking for big loads. I wouldn’t pay him more than 750k and I think a fair number would be 650k.

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