All Black midfielder Sonny Bill Williams has another potential suitor in rugby league, this time with one of his former clubs that would potentially bring his career full circle.
According to a report by Nine Wide World of Sports, the Bulldogs and Sonny Bill Williams have engaged in informal talks about a potential return to the club he walked out on in 2008.
The report states that Williams has kept ties with the club and was due to present the players with their jerseys in Auckland last weekend before the events of Friday took precedent. A return to the Bulldogs would bring Williams career back to where he started in 2004, debuting as a professional footballer at 19-year-old.
Canadian billionaire David Argyle publicly expressed his interest in acquiring Williams for the Toronto Wolfpack saying they ‘will pay whatever it takes’. They have reportedly offered the 33-year-old star NZD$5-million per season to make a rugby league comeback.
“We are working towards making Sonny Bill Williams a Wolfpack player for 2020,” Toronto’s owner David Argyle told foxsports.com.au in February.
“We would love to have him join the Wolfpack family and we will pay whatever it takes to make that happen.”
Williams is off-contract with the NZR at the end of the Rugby World Cup where he will try to win a third World Cup winners medal with the All Blacks. There will be no shortage of options for Williams who will likely receive interest from French Rugby whilst the popular Japan Top League presents another desirable option.
If the two-time Premiership winner does decide to make an NRL comeback, he will embark on possibly his biggest challenge yet. He still felt up he had plenty more to offer to professional sport last December.
“I’m not sure if league is in my future at 33,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald last December.
“If there are offers, I will examine it with my family and go from there.”
“I still have the fire inside me. I still feel fresh.”
Super Rugby’s Headfirst campaign:
Sign up to our mailing list here and we’ll keep you up to the minute with weekly updates from the world of rugby.