Sonny Bill Williams has said he is excited to finalise a deal that will see him return to Sydney Roosters.
The cross-code star made his return to rugby league earlier this year with Toronto Wolfpack, but have since been left unable to complete the season due to several complications around the current pandemic.
He previously played for the Roosters in 2013 and 2014, scoring 11 tries.
The Rugby World Cup winner confirmed on Twitter that he was leaving the UK on Wednesday morning.
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) July 29, 2020
Williams told Wide World of Sports: “It’s been a whirlwind the last few days. But I think just when all of this stuff started happening, you know, everyone knows it’s no secret I’m pretty close with the lads at the Roosters.
“But, as time went on I didn’t think there was a chance of me coming back at all. My mindset was ‘we’ll get ready for Super League’ and when the news hit that we couldn’t get our visas and we were pulling out of the competition it was just a rollercoaster of emotions.
“It took me 24-48 hours to think about it and then I just thought, it’s just the challenge, it’s just the challenge that I get so excited about. It lights that fire inside of you, you know. For me, you’re a long time retired, I’m not going into a Roosters team that came 12th or 13th the year before, they’re back-to-back World Champions.”
Williams is also grateful to ARL Chairman Peter V’landys for allowing him to hold down more than one contract.
He added: “I just think I really want to appreciate Peter [V’landys] and his forward-thinking. I understand I’m not 21 anymore, I understand that even though I might not be the player that I once was, I know that what I bring to the table. A lot of people will put a bit more eyes on the beautiful game of rugby league, and he’s a forward thinker in that sense.”