Shaun Johnson reportedly requests immediate release from the Warriors

Headlines 27/11/2018

Star half Shaun Johnson has reportedly requested a release from the final year of his Warriors contract, spelling the end of his time at Mt Smart.

The 28-year-old had earlier been advised by the club that they would not be rushing to offer him a contract extension beyond 2019, and that he should start surveying his options on the open market.

According to NZME, Johnson and his management team met with Warriors CEO Cameron George and coach Stephen Kearney on Wednesday morning to request an immediate parting of ways.

But the club has declined to agree to Johnson's wishes and are intent on him completing the final year of his deal.

Several NRL clubs are rumoured to be pursuing Johnson's signature, including Premiers the Sydney City Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks.

The Warriors are understood to be on the hunt for a replacement for Johnson but haven't ruled out an attempt to re-sign him.

If Johnson were to stay on beyond 2019, it'd likely be at a rate far less than the seven-figures he'll command next season as one of the side's marquee players.

A poster boy for the Auckland-based club, Johnson has been part of the Warriors programme dating back to 2009, when he played under-20s and went onto make his NRL debut in 2011 against the Sydney Roosters.

Since then, he has become the club's highest points scorer and is one of the team's most-capped players with 162 appearances.

The development comes a day after he took to social media to clarify his stance on the situation.

"There is no contract for me to sign past 2019," said Johnson in a Facebook post.

"If you saw the article that came out a few weeks back, in a round-about way they said they are in no rush to re-sign me. Since then they have told me again at this stage they won't be offering me anything.

"That means I get to spread my wings and see what's out there so right now that's what I'm doing!"

Credit to Newshub.