Cronulla Sharks land Shaun Johnson

Drew Darbyshire

New Zealand international Shaun Johnson has signed a three-year deal with Cronulla Sharks.

The 28-year-old was released from New Zealand Warriors earlier this week, where he played 162 games since making his NRL debut back in 2011.

Johnson, who has earned 29 caps for New Zealand, wasn’t short of offers but has decided to commit his long-term future to the Sharks.

On joining Cronulla, Johnson said: “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.

“”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.”

On signing Johnson, Sharks’ coach Shane Flanagan commented: “To recruit a current Test half at this time of year is a massive boost to our club, the playing group and our members and fans.

“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.

“Players like Jayden [Brailey], Kyle [Flanagan] and Blayke [Brailey] are some who can only benefit from having Shaun in our team.

“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.”