After he made a surprise decision to leave the New Zealand Warriors, Shaun Johnson’s move to the Cronulla Sharks is now official.
The well-liked Kiwi international will join the Sharks on a 3-year deal.
After a back and forth process and numerous tours, the move has eventuated and Johnson looks forward to what lies ahead.
“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.”
The sort of signing that all Sharks fans can be proud of, coach Shane Flanagan knows how hard it is to sign players of this calibre at this time.
“To recruit a current Test half at this time of year is a massive boost to our club, the playing group our members and fans,” Flanagan stated.
“Shaun’s football talent is going to be a huge plus for our team and his experience will undoubtedly help with the development of our younger players.”
Now seen as a stalwart in rugby league, Johnson’s experience will be invaluable for the younger brigade coming through at the Sharks.
“Players like Jayden (Brailey), Kyle (Flanagan) and Blayke (Brailey) are some who can only benefit from having Shaun in our team,” continued Flanagan.
“And added to all of that, he has outstanding character, has done some great work in the community in New Zealand and he will also be an asset to the club off the field as well,”