Sonny Bill Williams has completed his cross-code return to rugby league after signing for newly-promoted Toronto Wolfpack on a two-year deal.
It is the two-time rugby union World Cup winner’s third stint in the 13-man code with the New Zealander having started his career in Australia’s NRL in 2004.
“The club has big ambitions and big goals,” the 34-year-old said.
“I want to be part of all this and do all I can to help reach those lofty goals.”
The Wolfpack have made Williams one of their two marquee players on a deal believed to be worth £7.5m over two years.
His marquee status means that only the first £150,000 of his salary will count towards the club’s salary cap.
“On the field I’d like to bring high quality play and do all I can for the betterment of the team,” Williams added.
“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.”
This is a huge statement of intent by Toronto, who are often criticised by some Rugby League fans for the way the go about their business.
However, both on and off the field,the signature of Williams will attract plenty of fans.
“We have signed one of the highest profile rugby players, if not sports stars in the world and he will enhance the world of rugby in Toronto and certainly push the brand of the Wolfpack onto another level,” Toronto head coach Brian McDermott said.
“The main point of excitement for our club is that we are signing a great rugby league player who has the hunger to be successful in Super League much as he was in the NRL and rugby union.”
Williams will likely make his debut for the Wolfpack on Sunday 2nd February against Castleford Tigers, as part of the Super League double-header at Headlingley.
It is understood the Wolfpack are chasing a number of other high-profile additions, with England rugby union international centre Manu Tuilagi also a top target.