Shaun Johnson only willing to sign one-year deal with big Roosters contract in 2020 on the horizon - report

Shaun Johnson's wild offseason has taken another dramatic twist with a report from Australia suggesting the former Warriors half already has a deal lined up in 2020.

Nine's The Mole reports Johnson's management has told clubs interested in signing the 28-year-old can only look for a one-year deal which suggests he already has another contract lined up for 2020.

The Mole suggests the Roosters are the frontrunners to own that long-term deal with veteran playmaker Cooper Cronk retiring after 2019.

Sources told Nine while the 2018 Premiers wanted a more "organised" halfback, the lure for a world class player like Johnson is too great to overlook.

The news comes as reports grow around Johnson's potential move to the Cronulla Sharks for next season.

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If Johnson links up with the Sharks he will partner up with former Warriors half Chad Townsend, which means Matt Moylan will be the likely option to play at fullback, with Valentine Holmes being released to chase his NFL dreams.

The St George Illawarra Dragons could be another landing spot for Johnson, after news surfaced overnight that star halfback Gareth Widdop is seeking for a release.

Both clubs would have the money for Johnson with Holmes leaving a large amount of salary cap space in Cronulla while Widdop's contract is worth approximately $1 million a year currently - meaning should he be released that money could be used to sign the Kiwi.

Shaun Johnson celebrates as his winning field goal goes over. Canberra Raiders v Vodafone Warriors, NRL Rugby League. GIO Stadium, Canberra, Australia. 24th March 2018. Copyright Photo: David Neilson /
Warriors star Shaun Johnson celebrates as his winning field goal goes over against the Raiders at GIO Stadium in Canberra. Source: Photosport

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