Johnson thanks Warriors
New Zealand Warriors superstar Shaun Johnson has been released and has thanked the club for his time with them.
There had been rumours that Johnson, who is arguably the best player on the planet, was set to leave his boyhood club and that has now been confirmed by the club themselves and the half-back.
There will be no shortage of teams in both the NRL and Super League who would love to take him, but financing the deal is where the problem would lie, with Cronulla Sharks appearing to be the favourites for his signature.
Meanwhile, Johnson took to Instagram to thank his old club, saying: “Maaan where do I start? What a crazy couple of days it’s been.
“To think my time at Mt Smart playing for my hometown team has officially come to an end is one of mixed emotions.
"Thank you to the boys and everyone that’s been involved with the Warriors over the past eight years.
“I am really grateful and will never lose sight of how different my life could be if it wasn’t for all of you.
“So much has been said publicly over the past month which hasn’t been ideal but it is what it is. I’ve got nothing bad to say about anyone involved with the club, sometimes things just don’t work out and I know they will be sweet and take things to where we all want them to be."
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