Sonny Bill Williams is ready to sign with the Sydney Roosters at the NRL. This is what the media in Australia and New Zealand say.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson confirmed that the club hopes to sign Williams in the coming days, with only logistical details yet to be resolved before Williams returns to the club where he won one of his two NRL titles.
“We are on the way in talks with Sonny,” Robinson told the New Zealand Herald. “There are some things that need to be done to sort it, but the conversations are clear. They are just details that need to be sorted based on how it’s going to work.”
“He won’t be able to travel until next week, it’s hard to get return flights, and then a quarantine and training period. He’s a Roosters and he’s going to add value in some key areas.”
The New Zealand Warriors were among the teams vying for Williams’ signature after their Toronto Wolfpack team withdrew from the 2020 Super League season due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Warriors CEO Cameron George had asked Williams’ manager about the possibility of the former All Black joining the club, but Robinson expects Williams to sign with the Roosters, and is likely to hit the field with four or five. remaining games in the regular season. .
However, there are still some complications before Williams’ signature is achieved, with a rule that prohibits players from having concurrent contracts with an NRL club and another franchise, meaning Williams would potentially have to terminate his two-year contract. of $ 10 million with Wolfpack. since the NRL loan agreement does not apply to Super League clubs.
However, Wolfpack owner David Argyle, who plans his club to return to the Super League in 2021, says he would be prepared to break the lucrative contract and sign a new deal for 2021.