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Johnson not tempted by Storm vacancy

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/04/2017

Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson says he has no interest in stepping in for departing Melbourne Storm star Cooper Cronk.

Kangaroos halfback Cronk, 33, is moving to Sydney at the end of the year to be with his fiancee, leading to speculation of a bidding war for his services.

Johnson, who is set to come off contract at the end of the season, was unequivocal about the possibility of filling the Melbourne vacancy.

"That's not happening," he told media on Wednesday.

"I've been completely honest with the club about my options, and they know where I stand.

"I'm in discussions with the club, and hopefully we can come to an agreement soon."

A Warriors debutant in 2011, the 26-year-old Johnson said he was happy to take the time to get his future right.

"When it's about footy, it's never just one thing," he said.

"I'm in a position where I'm getting old now, and you've got to start thinking about the future. It's just about getting it right."

For the moment, Johnson is relishing resuming his one-time Kiwis partnership with Kieran Foran for the Warriors.

The pair teamed up for Foran's club debut in Sunday's 28-22 win over Gold Coast in Auckland.

It was Foran's first match since suffering a season-ending shoulder injury for Parramatta against Newcastle late last May.

In July, he was released by the Eels to allow him to sort out personal problems and arrived at the Warriors in the off-season on a one-year deal.

"We're just enjoying our footy at the moment - I love having him at the club," Johnson said.

"His energy, professionalism, his competitiveness has only been good for our group.

"I don't how long it's for, I cant tell you that, but we've both said for however long it is, we're going to make the most of it."

There's no doubt that extending Foran's contract at the Warriors would play a key role in any decision Johnson might make as he ponders his options for 2018.

"You want to play with the best players, and he's definitely one of them," he said.

"I think there's no secret how good a mate he is to me, and you want to play with your mates.

"I'm sure not just me, but the club in general would love to have him on for however long he wants."

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