It”s a deal that has had the NRL buzzing as much as the potential $1 billion television rights negotiations – and now the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are looking for a seat at the table.
We’re talking Sonny Bill Williams returning to the NRL next season.
When Williams was photographed with Sydney Roosters chairman Nick Politis and Channel Nine supremo David Gyngell at Circular Quay on December 31, it was considered by many to be a $4 million handshake.
But we have learned Canterbury board member Arthur Coorey has also telephoned Williams’ agent Khoder Nasser to register interest in luring him back to Belmore.
The Sunday Telegraph has been told Williams is close to agreeing to a five-year deal with the Roosters once he finishes a one-year contract with the Waikato Chiefs.
But the Bulldogs development indicates nothing has been set in stone and may complicate negotiations.
The heavy-hitting Politis was adamant there was no deal brokered at the Roosters.