All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has signed a one-year contract with the National Rugby League’s Sydney Roosters.
Williams left the All Blacks earlier this season to take up a lucrative short-term contract in Japan. On Tuesday, he confirmed a new deal with the Roosters.
Williams recently injured a pectoral muscle and could miss the rest of the Japanese season as a result. The injury has also forced Williams to postpone his boxing match with South African veteran Francois Botha.
It could be that the next time fans see Williams in action is for the Roosters, and the 27-year-old feels a return to the club where he made his name was always on the cards.
‘It was pretty tough [to come back]. It’s tough, but me and [Roosters chairman] Nick [Politis] are good friends, good mates,’ Williams said.
‘He tried to get me when I was an 18-year-old and when I made that [handshake] agreement with him I knew it would always be the case [of joining the Roosters when he returned to league].’
The short-term deal suggests that Williams will have the option of returning to rugby union in 2014 and competing for a place in the All Blacks squad ahead of the 2015 World Cup.