Shaun Johnson Extends Warriors Contract

"This was a big contract"

Shaun Johnson Extends Warriors Contract

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Star playmaker Shaun Johnson is staying put at the Warriors, believing a premiership at the struggling Auckland club would taste sweeter than anywhere else.

Kiwis halfback Johnson on Friday revealed he has signed a two-year extension with the only NRL club he has played for, taking him through until the end of the 2019 season.

The 26-year-old ended mounting speculation about his future and said he was thrilled to confirm what he regards as the most important deal of his career so far.

"This was a big contract for a lot of reasons and I'm excited to be able to lock it away and know I'll be here for another two years," he said.

"My belief in this club is massive and my belief that we can do something special here is bigger than ever with everything we have in place."

Auckland-born Johnson says it felt special to be a player who had come up through the Warriors system.

He has always found it hard to consider playing elsewhere, even though there has been significant interest in his mercurial skills.

"There was more to think about this time but, in the end, it came down to winning," he said.

"I could go to another club and another system but I realised winning there [at another club] wouldn't mean as much as winning here. That's what I want to be a part of here."

Johnson's new contract will extend his Warriors career to nine seasons.

He has scored a club-record 717 points, including 58 tries, in 133 appearances.

Sunday's opponents in Auckland, the Sydney Roosters, are the club he made his debut against, midway through the 2011 season.

- AAP

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