Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has addressed Shaun Johnson’s departure from the Warriors as the club’s ex-star halfback admitted it would be weird to play his former teammates.
Tuivasa-Sheck posted a photo of the pair on Instagram, jokingly telling his former halfback “don’t step me.”
“Crazy week! All the best with what’s next bro. Been a pleasure. Don’t step me,” he wrote.
Johnson commented on the post, writing “damn, it’s gonna be weird playing the boys. Thanks, bro, pleasure has been all mine skip.”
Earlier this week, Johnson’s request for an immediate release was granted, with CEO Cameron George saying the club would not compromise on its culture.
"I saw evidence yesterday in our meeting of an individual who didn't want to represent this club in 2019 and asked accordingly," he told media at a conference on Wednesday.
"Based on that, we're not jeopardising what we've got in place here."
George’s commented backed up a scathing release the club sent out to fans with confirmation of Johnson's departure.
"On the basis of what Shaun told us, 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.
"Everything we do is about the club being first and what’s best for our future, our development and ultimately our results."