Sonny Bill Williams has tweeted this morning trhat he is yet to commit to a new contract beyond this season– in an effort to hose down speculation in the Daily Telegraph about him re-signing for another year.
According to the article published in the Telegraph this morning, the Roosters are set to sign the star to another one-year deal with the Roosters worth around $1 million:
Rugby league has their man – Sonny Bill Williams will stay in the NRL for another year.
The Daily Telegraph can exclusively reveal Williams will spurn the All Blacks for 2014 and sign a new one-year contract with the Sydney Roosters.
It is understood the deal would be worth about $1 million.
Influential Roosters chairman Nick Politis has personally involved himself in coercing Williams into staying.
There were grave fears Williams, 27, would return to rugby union next season after just one year at Bondi Junction.
It is though expected that Williams will play Super Rugby in New Zealand again in 2015, the same year as the next rugby union World Cup.
The new 12-month extension at Bondi hasn’t formally been signed but should be announced in coming weeks, unless there is a last-minute major hurdle.
What this implies, if they do indeed announce the signature prior to the offseason, is that the NRL is now comfortable with the superstar boxing during the offseason.
But SBW tweeted this morning that the article may be a little speculative:
There has been the long-held belief and rumours that he would stick around at least another year — while keeping the option of returning to rugby in time for the next World Cup.
But the fact SBW felt the need to tweet so strongly about the article is telling — and The Daily Telegraph may have jumped the gun.
And while there is no reason to believe SBW won’t re-sign with the club, until he does so this writer will continue to be nervous.