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'I'm your man!' Shaun Johnson jokes about search for new NRL club after win over Panthers

Unwanted Cronulla star Shaun Johnson has given the perfect advertisement for his NRL services, inviting clubs to get in touch if they need a halfback next season.

A wobbly field goal from the 30-year-old sank ladder-leaders Penrith in Friday night's 19-18 victory at Kogarah, just a week after the New Zealander was tapped on the shoulder by incoming Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon.

It was the perfect audition for a new job, with the former international Kiwi half also scoring a try and kicking three goals in the heart-stopping win.

Speaking to Fox Sports after the game, Johnson said the decision to let him leave the Sharks - communicated in a phone call from Fitzgibbon - came as a surprise and now he is open to any opportunity that comes his way.

"I got the news a couple of weeks back and it wasn't the news I wanted to hear," he said.

"I'd hoped to see my career out at this club. They gave me an opportunity three years ago and I certainly enjoyed my time here.

"It's not meant to be, they want to head in a different direction and I do respect that but for me all I can focus on is coming out here and getting some games under my belt and trusting that next year will take care of itself.

"Tonight hopefully helps and if there's any clubs out there after a halfback, I'm your man."

Friday's clutch moment was a timely reminder of what he is capable of.

Johnson was one of three players told by Fitzgibbon they were not needed next year, with former Kangaroos Josh Dugan and Aaron Woods also informed their contracts will not be renewed.

Interim Sharks coach Josh Hannay said no one has kicked stones about it, they have simply got on with their jobs.

"They've been first class when they've come to work and bounced into training and been professionals. I've no doubt they'll continue to do that," Hannay said.

"It's what we need and it's good for them as they look for a job for next year.