Superstar Sonny Bill Williams is on the verge of signing a $4 million deal to return to the NRL with the Sydney Roosters.
The Sunday Telegraph can reveal Williams’ five-year agreement was all but finalised over a breakfast meeting in Circular Quay yesterday with Roosters chairman Nick Politis and Channel Nine supremo David Gyngell.
He will join the Roosters in 2013 on $800,000 a season, exactly double what he was on when he walked out, without notice, on the Bulldogs in 2008 to join Toulon in French rugby union.
The Roosters will use the cash freed up from the expected retirements of fullback Anthony Minichiello and skipper Braith Anasta to fit Williams under the salary cap, which will be increased by 2013 anyway with the next television deal to provide a $1 billion-plus boost for clubs.
The Parramatta Eels and the Roosters were always the front-runners to secure his services.