Kiwis veteran Shaun Johnson is considering a move to Japanese rugby as it weighs up his options after his current NRL contract with the Cronulla Sharks.
The former Warriors halfback is in his final season of a three-year deal with the Sharks.
He told NRL.com that switching to the 15-man game with a stint in Japan's Top League is appealing but that league remains his preference.
"It's not heading back to New Zealand to play rugby or anything like that," Johnson said yesterday.
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"It would only be to head to Japan if that opportunity came up. But that was just a bit of an interest of a conversation.
"It was never anything like, 'Yep, let's lock it in'. It was just talking to the right people to see if it was a possibility, how that could look.
"It's really nothing to blow up ... You're looking for a job, you get as much information as you can about what's out there.
"It's no different for us [athletes]."
Johnson is set to return from a hamstring injury and play his 200th NRL game when the Sharks meet the Titans on Sunday.