Roosters scotch SBW return speculation

SYDNEY Roosters chairman Nick Politis has scotched speculation Sonny Bill Williams could make a shock return to the NRL club this year.

Rumours of a Williams comeback spread after he was linked to the club by former Roosters player Jimmy Smith on a Sydney radio station.

It was suggested the New Zealand dual international had been told he was not part of the All Blacks’ plans for the 2019 rugby union world cup and had already signed a deal to come back before the NRL finals after completing his Super Rugby duties in Auckland.

However Politis denied any knowledge of such a deal on Monday.

“It’s news to me. As far as I’m aware he’s contracted to play rugby union in New Zealand,” Politis told FoxSports.

“We love Sonny and we’ll always love Sonny. But I’m not sure where this has come from.”

The 33-year-old Williams is currently contracted to the Auckland-based Blues in the Super Rugby and played in their opening 41-34 loss to the Highlanders on Saturday. A Rugby World Cup winner in 2011 and 2015, Williams was a key player in the Roosters’ premiership in 2013 and played one more year with them in the NRL before moving back to rugby union in his native country. Despite the club’s blue-chip recruitment of James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk for this season, it is believed the Roosters still have money to spend following the exit of Mitchell Pearce.

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