Toronto Wolfpack have confirmed the signing of former All Black Sonny Bill Williams on a two-year contract.
The 34-year-old, who has just finished his rugby union career with a third-placed finish at the World Cup in Japan, becomes Toronto’s first signing since gaining promotion to the Betfred Super League.
Following weeks of speculation, the Wolfpack have finally secured his signature and he is expected to become the highest player ever in both codes and will be one of the club’s marquee signings.
SBW told the club website: “Toronto Wolfpack has established themselves as a multicultural and economic powerhouse, not only in the city but across the world. The club has big ambitions and big goals.
“I want to be part of all this and do all I can to help reach those lofty goals. On the field, I’d like to bring high-quality play and do all I can for the betterment of the team. Off the field, I’d like to use my experience to mentor the young players and be helpful where I am needed.
“Super League will be a new challenge and one I’m looking forward to. It will be a new experience and one I’m ready to embrace.”
Head coach Brian McDermott is delighted to finally get his man and believes he will take the club to a whole new level.
He added: “We have signed one of the highest-profile rugby players, if not sports stars in the world. He will enhance the global game of rugby by being in Toronto and certainly push the brand of the Wolfpack onto another level.
“The main point of excitement for our club is that we are signing a great Rugby League player who has the hunger to be successful in Super League much as he was in the NRL and Rugby Union.”