Toronto Wolfpack have agreed the biggest deal in the history of the Super league, as they have signed Sonny Bill Williams on a two year contract, worth $10m.
The 34 year old has pedigree in both codes, including a World Cup win with New Zealand in Rugby Union in 2015 and another World Cup in Rugby League in 2008.
“Toronto Wolfpack has established themselves as a multicultural and economic powerhouse, not only in the city but across the world,” Williams said. “The club has big ambitions and big goals. I want to be part of all this and do all I can to help reach those lofty goals.
“On the field, I’d like to bring high-quality play and do all I can for the betterment of the team.
“Off the field, I’d like to use my experience to mentor the young players and be helpful where I am needed.
“Super League will be a new challenge and one I’m looking forward to. It will be a new experience and one I’m ready to embrace.”
Toronto chairman and CEO Robert Hunter said the signing is a huge shot in the arm for rugby league, not only in Canada but internationally.
“The excitement he will bring to the sport of rugby league in this country will be incredible,” Hunter said.
“Having someone of his talent join the Wolfpack will greatly raise the profile of the club, and also help move the game forward globally.
“Sonny is a phenomenal athlete and we believe he is rugby’s LeBron James and his addition to our league is comparable to when David Beckham joined LA Galaxy.”