Rugby league: Shaun Johnson says playing the Warriors will be 'weird'

New Sharks recruit Shaun Johnson wasn't in a talkative mood as he arrived back in Auckland on Saturday night after signing a three-year NRL deal with Cronulla.

The halfback was released from the final year of his reported million-dollar contract by the Warriors on Wednesday after reports emerged he was unwanted by the club beyond 2019.

The 28-year old spoke to Newshub as he came into the arrivals hall at Auckland Airport. The NRL veteran said he was excited about his new venture with the Sharks, and it would be "weird" facing his old Warriors teammates.

And he's confident he'll lead the Sharks to their second NRL premiership.

After the encounter he took to social media to say he "didn't appreciate" being asked questions about his move to the Shire and added the reporter "went fishing and caught jaaack".

Shaun Johnson's social media post.
Shaun Johnson's social media post. Photo credit: Instagram

Johnson leaves the Warriors as the club's all-time top-scorer (915) and sits in the top 10 for most games played with the team (162).

Johnson won't get to play in front of the Mt Smart faithful until 2020, unless the Warriors face the Sharks in Auckland during the finals.

The two clubs' round 18 clash is pencilled in to be played at Wesptac Stadium in Wellington, followed by a second match in Sydney five rounds later.

Newshub.