2022-06-12 11:24:00

Interim Warriors head coach Stacey Jones has revealed playmaker Shaun Johnson is the first person to put his hand up and admit he is in a form slump.

Criticism has been heaped on the 31-year-old in recent weeks, with former New Zealand coach Tony Kemp calling for the 219-gamer to hang up the boots mid-season.

In Round 14, the Warriors were hammered by the Sharks 38-16 and Johnson again struggled to make an impact.

When firing, Johnson is one of the competition’s most entertaining players, but as it stands the five-eighth is yet to dazzle after returning to the Warriors for the 2022 season.

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Jones revealed the Warriors are hoping to strip their playing style back to a simple structure, hoping to not over complicate things for Johnson and the rest of the team.

“Obviously Shaun has been struggling, and obviously him being away from his family has put a bit of pressure on him to bounce into training and perform,” Jones said in the post-match press conference.

“He is the first one to put his hand up and know where his game is at, by us trying to simplify things for him.”

Despite Johnson’s form coming under the microscope, Jones explained he isn’t alone with a number of Warriors players unable to put strong performances out on the field.

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“We will try to make it better but he is not the lone ranger,” Jones said.

“There is a few other guys in there that need to perform as well, but I will certainly be looking at Shaun’s performance again closely and see what we need to do.”

After his first game as the Warriors head coach, Jones was squizzed on what he wants to get out of the rest of the year, and his answer was simple.

“I want to win some footy games, I just want to win and compete every week,” Jones said.

“I want this club to win footy games, and if we do that we are going to have fun doing it.

“I just want us to get some wins on the board.”

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