Kiwis legend Shaun Johnson has signed a new deal with New Zealand Warriors that will see him remain with the NRL club for the 2024 campaign.
The 32-year-old was out of contract at the end of the season but he has now put pen to paper on a new contract for his 14th season in the NRL, and his 11th with the Warriors.
“We’ve had ongoing conversations with Shaun about his plans beyond this season,” said Andrew McFadden, Warriors’ general manager recruitment, pathways and development.
“The priority for both of us was to let Shaun play, to enjoy his football and to enjoy being back home with his family.
“There was no rush to make a decision but we’re absolutely delighted to have him with us for another season at the club that means everything to him.”
Shaun Johnson ‘has gone to a completely new level’
The New Zealand international is the Warriors’ record points scorer, making 162 appearances between 2011-18 before spending three seasons with Cronulla Sharks between 2019-21.
Johnson returned to the Warriors in 2022 and has been in fine form this season, playing in all 17 matches so far.
“The way Shaun has gone about his football on and off the field this season has been phenomenal,” said Warriors coach Andrew Webster.
“His leadership and ambition to get better has been the driving factor in his and our success this season.
“He has gone to a completely new level. He had a brilliant offseason and hasn’t slowed down since.
“Everyone can see how happy he is being back home in Auckland and around the club he loves so much.
“It’s terrific knowing he’s going to have another season with us in 2024, a huge boost for the club.”
Auckland-born Johnson has won 32 caps for New Zealand, representing the Kiwis in two World Cups.