Johnson, his woman Kayla and girl Millah volition instrumentality to New Zealand connected Wednesday, with the Sharks approving the playmaker's petition to instrumentality location aboriginal amid the delicate concern surrounding planetary question owed to COVID-19 outbreaks astir Australia.
The 30-year-old was facing an indefinite play connected the sidelines aft suffering an wounded successful Round 19 and would not person been capable to instrumentality for the remainder of the season. He has already agreed to a two-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors from 2022.
"We admit and convey Shaun for his 3 years astatine the Sharks," Sharks CEO Dino Mezzatesta said successful a nine connection connected Tuesday.
"Shaun was the eventual nonrecreational connected the field, the item being him winning the Porter Gallen Medal arsenic the Club's champion aft an outstanding 2020 season.
"He was besides fashionable and ever engaging with our members, fans and firm partners successful making a important publication disconnected the tract arsenic well.
"Everybody astatine the Sharks wishes him a speedy and afloat betterment from his existent wounded and each the champion for his instrumentality to the Warriors successful 2022."
After joining Cronulla successful 2019, Johnson played successful 44 matches, scoring six tries. He was enjoying a stellar twelvemonth successful 2020 earlier an Achilles wounded prematurely ended his season.
"I can't convey the Club, staff, members and fans capable for the past 3 seasons," Johnson said successful the Sharks statement.
"I've loved each infinitesimal successful the black, achromatic and blue, suiting up with the boys each week is thing I ne'er instrumentality for granted and convey them for welcoming maine and making Cronulla my location distant from home.
"Although it's not the mode I wanted it to finish, I permission with a grin and bully relationships. UpUp!."
The Auckland autochthonal returns to the squad successful the Warriors wherever helium played 162 games betwixt 2011 and 2018.