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Shaun Johnson breaks down in tears at Cronulla Sharks 2020 awards night

Footy star Shaun Johnson has broken down in tears after paying tribute to his wife at his club’s annual awards night.

Johnson received the Porter Gallen Medal after being named the Cronulla Sharks Player of the Year at Pointsbett Stadium, south of Sydney, last Friday. 

It is the first time the 30-year-old has won the prestigious medal and marked a bittersweet moment after Johnson had prematurely ended his season with a ruptured achilles tendon.

Johnson also took home the Members Player of the Year and Tackle of the Year awards but his acceptance speech was the most memorable moment of the night.

The halfback fought back tears as he thanked his wife Kaya for standing by him along the way.  

‘I just can’t thank you enough for doing this with me, riding this journey with me,’ he said.   

Johnson received the Player of the Year award during the Cronulla Sharks 2020 awards night last Friday

Johnson received the Player of the Year award during the Cronulla Sharks 2020 awards night last Friday

Johnson received the Player of the Year award during the Cronulla Sharks 2020 awards night last Friday

Cronulla Sharks halfback Shaun Johnson has broken down in tears after paying tribute to his wife Kaya (pictured) during his acceptance of the Porter Gallen Medal

Cronulla Sharks halfback Shaun Johnson has broken down in tears after paying tribute to his wife Kaya (pictured) during his acceptance of the Porter Gallen Medal

Cronulla Sharks halfback Shaun Johnson has broken down in tears after paying tribute to his wife Kaya (pictured) during his acceptance of the Porter Gallen Medal

Johnson had been playing for the New Zealand Warriors before he eventually moved to Australia to play for the Cronulla Sharks in 2019.

His wife had been a star player for the New Zealand netball team Silver Ferns.

She gave up her position and followed her partner to live in Sydney. 

‘She has sacrificed her whole career to come over here with me,’ Johnson said.

‘Honestly I can never repay you, just for believing in me when I was copping it.’

The pair welcomed their daughter and first child Millah in August this year.

‘I just can’t thank you enough for doing this with me, riding this journey with me,’ Johnson said.

‘For looking after me, for giving me the best gift in the world in our daughter and I promise you whatever comes next for us, I will support you in everything we do.’ 

The Player of the Year award adds to Johnson’s accolades as an NRL player. 

He was crowned best player of rugby league after he won the 2014 Golden Boot.

Johnson was only the fourth New Zealander to win the coveted trophy. 

Johnson wiped back tears as he thanked his wife Kaya for standing by him throughout his career

Johnson wiped back tears as he thanked his wife Kaya for standing by him throughout his career

Johnson wiped back tears as he thanked his wife Kaya for standing by him throughout his career

Johnson had been playing for the New Zealand Warriors before he eventually moved to Australia to play for the Cronulla Sharks in 2019

Johnson had been playing for the New Zealand Warriors before he eventually moved to Australia to play for the Cronulla Sharks in 2019

Johnson had been playing for the New Zealand Warriors before he eventually moved to Australia to play for the Cronulla Sharks in 2019