Sonny Bill Williams could become the ‘David Beckham of Super League’ if Toronto Wolfpack can persuade the New Zealand star to join.
Coach Brian McDermott confirmed the Wolfpack, fresh from their win over Featherstone Rovers in the Million Pound Game, were interested in securing the dual-code international’s services.
He believes signing the All Blacks veteran would represent a major coup, with Williams having the star power to elevate the profile of the league, as Beckham did for Major League Soccer during his time with LA Galaxy.
“Sonny Bill Williams has shown interest in us and that’s what it is at the moment,” said McDermott, who won four Grand Finals when in charge of Leeds Rhinos.
“He’s currently busy with the [Rugby] World Cup so I wouldn’t ever dare to suggest that he is more than interested in coming but the answer wasn’t a ‘no’ once we made contact so that’s something we’d like to follow up.
Always be yourself, unless you can be Sonny Bill Williams
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 3, 2019
“Our club would want to have a name that’s absolutely international that everybody would recognise and help the profile of our game, very much like David Beckham did for Major League Soccer.
“But he would have to be a very good player as well, he’s got to be able to do the job that I want him to do. There would be no token player or just a headline-grabbing player.”
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