• Johnson staying with Warriors until 2017

    Date: 2019.07.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Tags:

    Halfback Shaun Johnson says he wants to win a Premiership with the Warriors after committing his future to the NRL club for four more years.


    The Warriors have fended off interest from rival rugby league clubs and from rugby union to secure their 23-year-old playmaker through to the end of 2017.

    It means Auckland-born and raised Johnson will play at least seven seasons of first grade for the club after being promoted from the junior ranks in 2011.

    “I absolutely love being at this club, living in Auckland and being close to family and friends,” he said.

    “When I signed my last contract I said I wanted to repay everyone who has supported me and the same applies even more now.”

    Johnson said there had been interest in his services elsewhere but when considering his options during negotiations this week, he set himself the goal of being part of a history-making Warriors side.

    “There’s so much to look forward to here as we look to grow and improve and I want to be a part of that as we strive to win the club’s first NRL premiership.”

    After two stellar years with the Junior Warriors, where he scored more than 400 points in 45 games, Johnson has established himself as a pivotal cog for the top side while also breaking into the Kiwis Test side.

    He has missed just two of their last 61 games and, at his best, has used his vision and startling pace to open up tight defences. He has scored 249 first grade points.

    Coach Matthew Elliott says Johnson’s signature represented a significant achievement for the Warriors.

    “The fact we’ve extended the contract of one of the most sought-after players around in Shaun is enormously important for our club,” he said.

    “Obviously Shaun is an exceptional footballer and athlete. He’s also represents the club well and is critical to where we’re going this season and beyond.”

    Johnson was also delighted to be named captain of the Warriors side to contest the inaugural NRL Nines in Auckland next week in the absence of regular skipper Simon Mannering.