Roosters roll out welcome mat for SBW
Sydney Roosters players are relishing the prospect of playing alongside New Zealand code-hopper Sonny Bill Williams next year.
There had been speculation Williams’s rumoured deal to return to the NRL from rugby union has some Tricolours offside.
But that’s news to outstanding young back-rower Boyd Cordner and New Zealand international centre three-quarter Shaun Kenny-Dowall.
“If he comes here, I think it would be great … as a back-rower I could learn so much from him and I’d love him to be part of the club,” said 20-year-old Cordner.
“I grew up watching him and he was a massive role model to everyone, especially me and if he comes here I’ll have the chance to learn from him and get some advice and I’m sure he’ll have plenty.”
Williams celebrated a Super Rugby title with the Chiefs on Saturday night and will play for New Zealand in two games of the Rugby Championship.
He will then head to Japanese rugby for a lucrative 12-game stint before he is expected to join the Roosters on a one-year deal, ending his five-season exile from league after his controversial exit from Canterbury midway through 2008.
The deal is reportedly worth $850,000 a year and is also believed to allow Williams to continue his boxing career.
It is also expected he will miss the bulk of the Roosters’ pre-season and arrive at the club a month before the 2013 season kicks off.
“It’s all speculation at the moment but if he does come that would be great,” Kenny-Dowall said.
“He’s one of the best players in the world, so you couldn’t help but get excited by the thought of playing with somebody like that.
“Anywhere he goes, he’s going to be a massive attribute and it would be no different here. I’d be really excited to play outside a player of his calibre.”
Meanwhile the Roosters are hopeful second-rower Aidan Guerra will play against Parramatta on Saturday.
Guerra suffered an ankle injury in Friday night’s win over St George Illawarra and is awaiting the results of scans.© AAP 2013
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