The Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys has vowed to help the Roosters “in any way we can” as they attempt to lure Sonny Bill Williams back to the NRL.
Williams, who last played for the Roosters in 2014, has become available for the remainder of the 2020 NRL season because his Canadian based club, the Toronto Wolfpack, has abandoned their maiden season in the English Super League due to player visa issues.
The Sydney Roosters are intensifying their hunt for Williams, who last played in the NRL for the Tricolours in 2014, and the 34-year-old is also believed to be interested in a return to the NRL within a month.
The Roosters believe in his professionalism and influence is so significant that he could sign for the final month of the season and deliver the club a third-straight premiership.
“He’s a big brand and he’ll attract a lot of attention to our sport,” V’landys told 2GB.
“We’ll help them in any way we can but we certainly won’t be providing any financial assistance. That goes for any club, not just the Roosters.
“When you’ve got a player of the magnitude of Sonny Bill Williams you do everything you can to get him into our competition.”
Williams and his family are booked on a London-Sydney flight next week and V’landys doesn’t anticipate any arrival issues for the Kiwi, despite borders being closed to foreigners amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Sonny Bill Williams is Expected to Fly to Australia in a Week’s Time.
“I don’t think so. It’s an employment matter. Two of his children have got Australian passports,” V’landys said.
“It’s a matter for border security but I’m pretty confident that he will be allowed into Australia.”
The Roosters quietly released young outside back Asu Kepaoa earlier this week to open up a roster space for Williams who is expected to give the club his answer in the coming days.
Tricolours coach Trent Robinson is confident of signing Williams – which must be done before the NRL’s August 2 deadline – and emphasized his impact will be felt on and off the field.
“We’ve talked about every bit of (the challenges) and been really honest with each other,” Robinson said.
“I know the value of him about the professionalism and the mentality as him as a person and then we understand it’s a big task, he’s a guy that loves taking on big challenges and I won’t be capping him on what his ability to do things maybe for this season.
Author: Moses Echodu
Moses is an avid Sports and Tech enthusiast. He loves to keep up to date with all the latest information and research on some of the most compelling stories.