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‘I’ll always love the club’: Shaun Johnson in the dark over Warriors future


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Shaun Johnson has arrived home in the dark about his future at the Warriors and is prepared to open-minded about where he plays next.

The long-serving Kiwis playmaker was accosted by journalists at Auckland Airport as the national team disembarked following their 2-1 series loss in England but could shed little light on his NRL prospects.

While the series unfolded, Warriors chief executive Cameron George announced the 28-year-old halfback was free to explore his options elsewhere, even though he has a year to run on his contract.

Johnson confirmed nobody at the Warriors had been in touch but planned to get his head around the situation quickly.

A meeting with manager Peter Brown was a priority as well as “speaking to anyone who’s keen to have a chat, really”.

Johnson couldn’t say if he would be at Mt Smart Stadium next year, having been a high-profile figure at the underperforming Kiwi club his 2011 debut. “It is a business at the end of the day,” Johnson said.

“I made my debut, I played all my footy for the Warriors and it’s a club that, regardless of if I’m here over the next few years, I’m always going to love.

“I’ve had awesome support, there’s been a lot of people that have sent positive messages. So for now I can’t tell you what’s going to happen but all I know is that I’m going to enjoy my break, going to enjoy spending time with my family and hopefully soak in some of this sun.” George has confirmed he planned to speak with Johnson once the Kiwis had arrived home.

Johnson will take some mixed form for his country into any club negotiations.

He was muted in the first two Test losses in England but, like several teammates, was considerably better in the 34-0 third Test win on Sunday.


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