Shaun Johnson is in a happy place.

The New Zealand five-eighth, who will be a key figure against Tonga on Saturday, has a spring in his step, and it's not just from the energy and camaraderie of being back in Kiwis camp.

It's a contrast to the last time we saw him in Auckland, last December, as the messy split with the Warriors played out, and with good reason.

The move to Cronulla has started well, despite injury frustrations, and the 28-year-old appears to have a load lifted from his shoulders.


It's understandable, as Johnson has gone from being arguably