NRL Rd 9 - Sharks v Panthers
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 11: Shaun Johnson of the Sharks looks to pass the ball during the round nine NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on July 11, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Out-of-contract Sharks playmaker Shaun Johnson has been linked to a move to South Sydney as a replacement for Adam Reynolds.

Johnson is expected to leave the Sharks after his request for a $900,000 contract extension was rejected.

He was also linked to a return to the Warriors but they too were put off by his salary request.

The Daily Telegraph's James Phelps now reports South Sydney are interested in the 30-year-old in a cut price deal to replace the departing Adam Reynolds in 2022.

Johnson would be a signing in a similar mould to Benji Marshall, who resurrected his career by joining the Rabbitohs at the start of the year.

Canterbury has also shown interest in the New Zealand international, but one team who will not be making a bid for the playmaker is the Raiders who cooled their interests amid Johnson's wage demands.

Johnson was one of three Sharks told they will not be offered contract extensions this week.

Aaron Woods and Josh Dugan were also told they were not part of the club's plans going forward.

Johnson has made four appearances in 2021 since recovering from a ruptured Achilles.

Before his return from injury, Johnson said he was confident of getting a new NRL deal.

“It‘s like I’m auditioning (when I return) but in saying that I can’t let that drive me,” Johnson said.

“Whatever happens. Wherever I go, if I stay whatever I do, I know I‘ll be OK with it … I’m not sweating bullets about what’s next.”





  1. Mans still really talented. Can’t run the ship himself but he’s got a excellent kicking game, great link play with his second rowers and good running game when he chooses.

    Hopefully he lowers his price and finds a good fit. South Sydney would be excellent with Cook, Walker and Mitchell. Not to mention a good coach, a good forward pack and some quality backs aswell. Wouldn’t be keen on Bulldogs, look at Kyle Flanagan and how that ended up for him. No hooker, below average forward pack, young half beside you and no stand out contender at fullback.
    Would love to have him back at the Warriors but I think that ship has sailed.

    A potential dark horse could be the Gold Coast. Great young forward pack, loads of kiwis, Ash Taylor (potentially leaving) would open up a space for him. Fogarty is playing well, Brimson is a gun, great second rowers to link with too. Great place to live aswell.

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