Toronto chairman and CEO Bob Hunter says they won’t hold Sonny Bill Williams to his mega deal with the club.
SBW signed a two-year $10m contract with the Wolfpack just over a year ago, but things have not exactly gone to plan for the Kiwi superstar or his latest club.
Toronto’s former owner David Argyle walked away in July forcing the club to withdraw from Super League and leaving the players with unpaid wages.
Williams has since spent time back on loan at the Sydney Roosters, playing five games off the interchange bench.
But following the Roosters exit from the NRL Finals, SBW faces an uncertain future with a decision on whether Toronto will compete in Super League next season to be made next week.
Sonny Bill himself was giving little away when questioned, saying: “We will see what happens with Toronto and if that falls through, then who knows.”
The Wolfpack’s stance on SBW has been made clearer by Hunter though who says prospective new owner Carlo Livolsi wants to resume the deal, but only if Williams does too.
“Unless for some reason he finds a more appealing offer over there (in the NRL), which we hope he doesn’t, we’ll resume the deal,” Hunter told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“We would not force the issue. We’ve caused enough challenges for our players. We’re not going to hinder anyone from trying to find themselves a better arrangement.
“But we need to re-engage all of our fans once we get through this thing, and hopefully Sonny will be a part of that solution.”