Rugby league: Kiwis star Shaun Johnson, wife Kayla expecting baby girl

Kiwis star Shaun Johnson and new bride Kayla(formerly Cullen) have announced they're expecting their first child - a baby girl. 

The former Warriors half shared the news with Instagram followers on Tuesday, excitedly declaring he is going to be a 'GIRL dad'. 

"Lil goosey past the keeper and here I am letting you know I'm gonna be a GIRL dad! Baby Johnson due late August. 

"Damn, we're excited!"

The 29-year-old moved to Sydney last year to take up a three-year deal with the Cronulla Sharks, after a public bust-up with the Auckland-based NRL club. 

Former Silver Fern netballer Kayla joined Johnson and the two were married over Christmas.

The 27-year-old was due to play for the New South Wales Swifts in the 2020 Australian Super Netball competition, after a successful stint with the club last year, where she helped them to a title.  

"Shaun and I are extremely excited to share that we are expecting a baby girl due August 2020," she said on her Instagram page. 

"Although this puts netball in the backseat and, unfortunately, I won't be suiting up in the red dress with the Swifts girls for 2020, this isn't the end of my netball journey and hopefully this soon-to-be whale will be back on that court in the near future.

"Thank you to all the @nswswifts girls, coaches management and staff for being so incredibly supportive, and I can't wait to come watch you guys kill it this year!

"Excited & nervous for all the challenges ahead of us, and all the joy and nappy-changing this next chapter will bring!"

Husband Shaun's first season at the Sharks was underwhelming, with the playmaker struggling with injury and consistency, making just 18 first-grade appearances.

But Johnson recently told the Daily Telegraph that his settled home life would help his football in 2020.

"I'm ahead of the eight-ball"

"I enjoyed everything with about moving over here and starting fresh. I'm feeling so much more confident and settled at home. 

"My partner is here, we got married and my dogs are here.

"I feel like I'm ahead of the eight-ball. I am not sorting out living arrangements or trying to get my partner to come over. 

"I don't have to fly back to New Zealand, everything is here now. I'm looking forward to starting the year off.

"My partner was in New Zealand for six months and I was here on my own. Half your heart is over there still. 

"Once she came over the back half of the year, it showed with the footy I was playing."

Kayla Johnson has played 47 tests for the Silver Ferns, but missed the World Cup due to injury.