Sonny Bill Williams determined to deliver under pressure for Toronto Wolfpack

I'll be 36 once this contract finishes so I don't think I'll be going back to Australia anytime soon.    Williams on the prospect of an NRL return

I'll be 36 once this contract finishes so I don't think I'll be going back to Australia anytime soon. Williams on the prospect of an NRL return

"What they're trying to achieve on and off the field is something special and instead of looking at the challenge and thinking what if I fail, it's 'what if we succeed and I am part of that?'" said Williams.

Sonny Bill Williams is determined to "turn some heads" with Toronto Wolfpack after revealing he took "stick" from team-mates over another cross-code switch.

Departing All Black Sonny Bill Williams has opened up on his wild ways and how it left him with "emptiness in his heart".

"I've had it in my contract throughout my career that clause so whether its Paul Gallen or Barry Hall, or whoever, time will tell", he said. I'm pretty interested in that fight.

"Barry has been out of the ring since he was 18 and is 42 now. Gal has been fighting consistently for the last two years so that probably gives him the advantage but boxing is a fickle old sport so we'll see how it goes".

"We've signed, clearly, a world-class talented player", McDermott said. "Whether it will be Paul Gallen or Barry Hall. time will tell", he said.

Williams, who won premierships with Canterbury and the Roosters, had meant to stay in Super Rugby with Auckland Blues in 2020 and there had been some contact from NRL clubs about his future plans.

"I'll be 36 once this contract finishes so I don't think I'll be going back to Australia anytime soon".

A two-hour dinner with Toronto Wolfpack coach Brian McDermott in Japan - the week after the All Blacks were knocked out of the tournament in their semifinal defeat to England - and no doubt the staggering offer to play in the English Super League, changed those plans. "We're here, we're riding that wave".

The signing for Toronto, who were promoted to the English Super League for the 2020 season, was "monumental", Hunter said.

Other than the obvious financial lure, the dinner where McDermott outlined his vision and the club's ambition after gaining promotion to the Super League ultimately convinced Williams to sign on. I never played rugby union at all'. He described the dinner as the pair machine gunning each other with questions.

But part of achieving that requires good on-field performance and Williams believe he will be a fit in McDermott's playing philosophy as the Wolfpack begin life in the Betfred Super League on February 2. "Yes, I'm a sportsman, but I need to have that goal, something I really believe in, and just his philosophy, how he wants to play the game, I feel like the way I strive to play the game, I could be really suited to their style of play".

Williams will return to Australia for a training camp in the coming weeks as he makes sure he prepares his body to be at his best for his new club.

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