Sonny Bill Williams gets the most expensive footy contract ever – and becomes the highest paid player in the history of both rugby codes
- Sonny Bill Williams could be lured back to the rugby competition with a record contract
- Williams has received a $ 9 million contract from the Super League club
- Toronto Wolfpack offered Williams the largest contract in the history of both codes
All Blacks superstar Sonny Bill Williams has the richest contract ever to return to the rugby competition – a whopping two million dollars for two seasons.
Cross-code star Williams, 34, is reportedly approached to become a member of the Toronto Wolfpack for the first season of the Canadian side in the English Super League.
The contract offered is $ 4.5 million per season for two years, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
If the sky-high Kiwi put the pen on paper, the contract would make him the best-paid player in rugby league of union.
Williams and the All Blacks were eliminated on Saturday by England from the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
All Blacks superstar Sonny Bill Williams (pictured with wife Alana Raffie) has offered the richest contract ever to return to the rugby league – a stunning $ 9 million for two seasons
Just a few days after the All Blacks were taken out of the World Cup reports, Williams indicated that they are monitoring the huge contract of the Toronto Wolfpack in the English Super League team
Williams must be drawn as a selection framework to enable Toronto to fit him under the salary limit of the Super League.
Under the contract, Williams would earn up to four times more than some of Australia's most paid players.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles captain and superstar halfback Daly Cherry-Evans has paid out a $ 10 million contract over eight seasons.
Meanwhile, AFL power station Lance Franklin also has a $ 10 million contract, but more than nine years.
Until he was banned from the rugby union, Israel Folau signed a massive deal with Rugby Australia worth $ 2.14 million a year for three years.
The Wolfpack was founded in 2016 and will be the first North American team to participate in the Super League after having won promotion to the top on October 5.
They are funded by Australian mining and resource billionaire David Argyle, who has previously spoken about his interest in Williams' strings for the Wolfpack.
Mr. Argyle confirmed this Fox Sports in February the club had a strong interest in signing Williams.
& # 39; We are working to make Sonny Bill Williams a 2020 player from Wolfpack. We would like to have him with the Wolfpack family and we will pay anything to make that possible & # 39 ;, Argyle said.
& # 39; The excitement he would bring to the rugby competition in this country would be incredible.
& # 39; Sonny is a phenomenal athlete. He is Rugby & # 39; s LeBron James and we see his recruitment as greater than when David Beckham joined LA Galaxy. He is a box office and puts homeless people on the chair. & # 39;
Toronto Wolfpack, owner and main financier David Argyle (left), already said in February that the club was interested in luring the superstar to the Super League
Trainer Brian McDermott from Toronto told PA's news agency earlier this month that they wanted to hire a David Beckham-type player to improve their profile.
Just like the former football icon did for Los Angeles Galaxy and the MLS.
& # 39; Our club would like a name that is absolutely international and would recognize everyone and help the profile of our game, just like David Beckham did for Major League Soccer & # 39 ;, said McDermott.
Williams is contracted with New Zealand rugby until the end of the Rugby World Cup in Japan – with the All Blacks preparing to face Wales on Friday in third place.
He burst in 2004 for the first time in the football scene with the Bulldogs in the NRL and won a premiership in his first season.
He sensationally left the Bulldogs in 2008 to enter into a contract with rugby union side Toulon in France, where he went to play for the All Blacks and won two World Cups.
Williams then returned to the NRL with the Roosters in 2013 and won a premiership that year.
In 2014, he switched back to Rugby Union and again became a member of the All Blacks.
Williams (pictured with wife Alana Raffie and daughter Imaan) is contracted to rugby in New Zealand until the end of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, where he is with family
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