NRL Rd 19 - Roosters v Sharks
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Sonny Bill Williams of the Roosters reacts during the round 19 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Sydney Cricket Ground on September 19, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The Roosters have farewelled international pair Ryan Hall and Sonny Bill Williams after their departures from the club.

Speaking at the club’s Jack Gibson Medal night, assistant coach Matt King commended the pair’s efforts and time in Bondi.

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“I get the great honour to farewell two of our departing players, Ryan Hall and Sony Bill Williams,” King said.

“Hally turned up two years ago from Leeds, he brought with him an incredible work ethic, a beautiful tan for a man from Leeds and Hally brought us class on the field.”

“Sonny has had two spells with us now, it’s a decorated career.

“We all know what the man’s achieved in many disciplines in sport.

“I wasn’t here in 2015, but to be part of a premiership winning side is no mean feat at our club.

“The greatest thing I’ve come to witness over the last few months is Sonny’s influence… Sonny it is undeniable your influence and its lasting mate.

“Sonny’s key characteristics, which make up the man, are humility, desire and an unbelievable work ethic.”

Hall thanked the club for being involved during his time with the Roosters, playing just 11 games across two seasons in Sydney.

“I came with all aspirations to do what I could do in my previous life to do for the Roosters

“Unfortunately I couldn’t do what I needed to do on the field to get the accolades on the field.

“On the first day I got accepted and welcomed into the group, like one of their best mates.

“I will always carry a bit of the Roosters with me, the small part I played on the field, I’ll always remember it, I can pass that sharp memory on to other people.

Hall touched on the prestigious recognition the NRL has world-wide.

“To English players, the number one competition in the world is the NRL,” he said.

“I’ll send the best from the Roosters so you can take the best of the crop.”

Williams spoke on his short season with the Roosters, thanking the club for having him back.

“I wanna say thanks to the lads, to everyone in the front office for welcoming me and my family back,” Williams said.

“You guys got a good thing going here, I loved being back, unfortunately we couldn’t get the job done.

“For myself, I’m really grateful to be at the ripe old age of 35 and still playing with you guys, that’s something I’ll cherish forever.

“You guys are legends, thank you.”

 

1 COMMENT

  1. SBW was too old to be any good this time & Ryan Hall was way past his best also. Both were wasted money by the Roosters.
    The Roosters also let a bright up & coming winger go to the Tigers ,to fit SBW in.

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