It is finally official. At a packed press conference today, the Sydney Roosters announced the juggernaut known as Sonny Bill Williams will return to the National Rugby League in 2013.
Make no mistake, 2013 will be the biggest season we have ever seen in our great sport.
You can loath him or you can flat out hate him. The fact still remains Williams is one of the biggest sporting names in the southern hemisphere.
Forget Benji Marshall and Gary Ablett. Sonny Bill is a marketing tool few can fathom.
Much like Anthony Mundine, fans will pay to see the man get smashed. The Roosters are banking on it. They haven’t signed him for anything else. He is here to sell tickets and get the glamour club back on the map.
“It [shoulder] is coming along good,” Williams said today.
“It could take anywhere from a month to four months to get right, but at this stage it is feeling pretty good.”
“The boys are a great bunch of blokes, a bit like the Chiefs, they’re real young,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to getting back out there in a game I grew up playing and put my best foot forward.
“It was pretty tough (to come back). It’s tough, but me and Nick [Politis] are good friends, good mates.
“He tried to get me when I was an 18-year-old.”
Williams sat confidently in a slick blue suit, even if a pair of thongs were spotted on his way out.
He returns to the game that made him famous and he knows the majority of the public still hate his guts. It’s all apart of the image Williams accepted when he first walked out on the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2008.
In time, Williams will apologize to Canterbury fans. Williams refused to comment on Hazem El Masri’s attack yesterday on Ten News.
“Today it is about the Roosters and signing with the Roosters, and that’s what I am going to stick to,” he said.
“He is entitled to his opinion and that’s all I have to say about that.”
Let the circus begin.