Warriors grant Shaun Johnson release

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The Warriors have granted halfback Shaun Johnson a release from the a year ago of his contract in 2019.

"Shaun clearly demonstrated to us that he didn't want to be at the club in 2019".

"We are not going to compromise our culture on and off the field with people who do not wish to represent our club, members and fans in the way we expect", he said in a statement.

Breaking his silence for the first time yesterday, George said that although Johnson's departure was disappointing, it was a decision made based on what was best for the future of the club.

The club have not yet ruled out re-signing Johnson but he was told he was free to test his value and explore his options on the open market.

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Johnson finishes his Vodafone Warriors career with 917 points from 162 appearances.

Johnson is a 29-time New Zealand global who scored 917 points during his time with the Warriors.

The situation has escalated since Johnson returned home from the Kiwis tour of England, pronouncing unhappiness this week that the club he has served since 2011 had made no offer for 2020 and beyond.

But George's comments haven't sat well with Channel 7 rugby league reporter Chris Garry, who says it's "disgraceful" that the CEO has blamed Johnson for leaving, despite the fact he was told he was no longer wanted at the club past 2019.

The 28-year-old, reportedly one of the highest paid players in the NRL on $1 million New Zealand dollars ($680,000) a year, responded by asking for a release from his contract after eight years with the club. "We're proud of what he has achieved at the club and wish him all the best for the future".

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