Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner says it won’t bother the back-to-back champions if Sonny Bill Williams chooses another club for his NRL comeback.
The Roosters have been linked to Williams after Toronto Wolfpack withdrew from the English Super League for the rest of 2020 due to financial problems, leaving its players in limbo.
The former New Zealand All Black has attracted interest from a host of NRL teams, including Canterbury, St George Illawarra, and the Warriors.
Cordner would love to see Williams return to the Roosters where he won a premiership in 2013, but he insists the Tricolours won’t be filthy if SBW joins a rival team.
“We have got no attachment with Sonny at the moment, so if he chooses another club that is fine,” Cordner said.
“We are very confident in the playing group that we’ve got and the journey that we are on.
“We would be totally fine without Sonny. It isn’t going to bother or distract us from our goal.
“But if he does make a return to the NRL, I’d definitely like to play alongside Sonny again.
“He would bring a lot of experience and he has got that X-factor.”
Boyd Cordner would love to see Sonny Bill Williams return to the Roosters, but he won’t hold it against him if he joins a rival team. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Roosters veteran Mitchell Aubusson rolled out the welcome mat for Williams to return to Bondi.
Aubusson praised the Auckland-born forward for revolutionising the club’s culture during his two-year stint at the club in 2013 and 2014.
Williams sparked change by bringing his notepad to training and team meetings.
It’s a tradition that continues at the Roosters today, according to Aubusson.
“We still use some of the stuff he introduced here today in his preparation, his diet and all the things that people take for granted,” he said.
“Having played with Sonny and knowing what he brought to this club, he is special talent and a special guy.
“I think any club that had the opportunity to sign him would be lucky to have him.”
Williams turns 35 in August, but Aubusson has no doubt the New Zealand superstar would handle the NRL’s physicality.
“The way he prepares, he would probably play until he is 40, I reckon,” he said.
“Age is only a number.
“I think the history of what he has done for this club was outstanding.
“I’m not sure where he is at, but he would be more than welcome to play here at the Roosters.”
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