Wolfpack star Sonny Bill Williams wants to return to the Sydney Roosters, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
The newspaper reports that Williams told Roosters coach Trent Robinson “I want to come home,” in a telephone call Wednesday.
The former All Blacks star is free to negotiate with a new team in the wake of Monday’s announcement that Toronto is sitting out the rest of the 2020 season because of the financial challenges caused by the global pandemic.
Williams, 34, played for the NRL’s Roosters in 2013-14.
The Herald says there is plenty to do before Williams can return Down Under. Under NRL rules, he can’t be under contract to two leagues.
He would also face a 14-day quarantine in entering Australia.
Williams has not played since March 5, sitting out the Wolfpack’s last game – an 18-0 win over the Huddersfield Giants on March 11 in Coral Challenge Cup play – with a swollen knee.
He underwent a minor knee procedure March 17.