Johnson granted early release from Sharks, returning to NZ

Source: 1News

Returning Warrior Shaun Johnson will make his return to New Zealand earlier than thought after being granted an early release by the Cronulla Sharks today to return to Auckland.

Johnson, who was off contract at the end of the this season with Cronulla, sought an early release from his contract after securing a place in MIQ for himself and his family.

The 30-year-old's time with Cronulla was already up though as a hamstring injury suffered a month ago meant he will spend the rest of the this year sidelined.

"Although it's not the way I wanted it to finish, I leave with a smile and good relationships," said Johnson.

In June, Johnson signed a two-year deal to return to the Warriors after he left the Kiwi club in 2018. He played 162 games for the Warriors in his first stint with the club after making his NRL debut in 2011.

He played 44 NRL games for the Sharks, scoring six tries and kicking 119 goals.