SBW's Roosters deal 'not done'

2012-12-19 14:12

Sydney - The Sydney Roosters aren't concerned their marquee signing Sonny Bill Williams' return to the NRL is in danger of heading down the same path as Israel Folau's aborted comeback to the code.

According to the website, five weeks after the dual international was finally unveiled as the club's biggest recruit in years, Williams' one-year contract is yet to be officially registered by the NRL's salary cap auditor Ian Schubert.

The 27-year-old is expected at training with the Roosters in just over 50 days after he finishes his rugby union commitments in Japan and fights South African Francois Botha in a heavyweight boxing bout.

But Roosters fans might be feeling a bit jittery that the strapping New Zealander's $550 000 deal hasn't been ratified, potentially jeopardising an emotion-charged return to rugby league after walking out on the Bulldogs in 2008.

Folau walked away from a return to the NRL with Parramatta earlier this month, opting for a switch to rugby union with the Waratahs as he "couldn't wait any longer sitting around" for his contract to be sorted out.

However, Sydney Roosters chief operating officer Brian Canavan isn't fretting over the time taken to get Williams' deal ticked off and still hopes for a resolution over the next week.

"We're just exchanging correspondence back and forth (with the NRL)," said Canavan on Tuesday.

"It's just the process that happens with these more extended contracts.

"The sooner the better. It would be lovely before Christmas."


  • manuel.p.quintino - 2012-12-19 14:14

    Botha is going to klap him!

      homes.zona - 2012-12-19 14:30

      Will be a laugh if he floors the buffel though

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-12-19 22:57

      He's going to shoulder charge him. And probably break his own neck in the process. What a joke. Nothing more than a sideshow - pretty much like the dancing girls at 20/20 games.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-12-20 09:31

    Not so sure about that Manuel.

  • tony.delucchi - 2012-12-21 10:35

    I really hope he goes back to Rugby League.....he is a bit of a “diva”!

      pousiiharris - 2012-12-21 11:27

      He was diva until he started mauling every back row there is in world rugby. When he walked away from rugby not only was he the all blacks incumbent 2nd five eigth, he was the world premier 2nd five eighth. I think the only diva here is you tony....sorry my friend you look a litte slammed in your photo....take a couple of energy wiffs and figure it out. stop with your biased lunacy and admit for once that sbw is good, no shame in it...afterall he ran over, around and through just about every backline he played against... right? come on...just do it......yeeeaahh......okkkkkk....yess!! you do admit that what i said is true.....good boy!!

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