Kiwis star halfback Shaun Johnson has spoken about his roller coaster start with the Cronulla Sharks.
The Sydney side this week lost coach Shane Flanagan after he was de-registered for breaching terms of a suspension five years ago.
Johnson says he has no regrets about his move across the Tasman after he was released by the Warriors following a fallout with the Kiwi club over his contract.
"The assurance I got from the playing group probably squashed [my concerns] straight away.
"When I was signing, Flanagan and everyone at the club was very open about what was happening. It wasn’t like I was just completely stung by it."
Johnson added the experience within Cronulla has helped filled the void left by Flanagan, who coached the Sharks to their first NRL title in 2016, almost immediately.
"[Stand-in coach John Morris] has taken over the situation and really rallied around the group.
"The experience and leadership within the playing group – it’s like nothing ever happened."
The Sharks play their first preseason game against the Sea Eagles on February 23. They’ll then play the Knights on March 2 before their first game of the NRL season against Newcastle on March 15.