Sonny Bill Williams says the support he’s received from fans since making the move to Super League has been “uplifting”.
The 34-year-old joined Toronto for their debut season in the top flight, making five appearances before the sport was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Wolfpack are yet to register a win but, in an interview with Sky Sports, Williams says he’s enjoying his time in Britain regardless.
“I’ve always loved playing in the UK, whether the 13-man game or the 15-man game, I’ve always had a lot of support here,” he told Sky Sports. “And from a spiritual point of view, the Ummah, the Muslim community is very strong there as well, and I love all of that.
“The biggest thing is the amount of support. You go away from home, and as a Toronto side, we’ve played all our home games away from home also, the amount of support I’ve got from a personal point of view has been really uplifting.
“For me, I’m just me. Humbly, I’m a Muslim. Humbly, I’ve been blessed to have been gifted to play sport. Rugby League doesn’t define who I am as a person or as a man, and for me, I try to treat everyone how I’d like to be treated, and that’s how I try to move.
“Sport has allowed me to move in a way where all ages from a five-year-old boy to an 80-year-old man can come up to me and say: ‘How are you Sonny?’, so I try to be a good person and give them a bit of time too. I quite enjoy that.”