New Zealand Warriors are interested in bringing Sonny Bill Williams back to the NRL, after Toronto’s withdrawal from the remainder of the Super League season.
The Wolfpack’s players have had their pay reduced to 55% and have been told they are free to find another club to play for in 2020, though must return to the Canadian club for 2021.
Williams, who turns 35 on the NRL signing deadline on August 3, hasn’t played in the NRL since leaving Sydney Roosters in 2014.
Several clubs are likely to be interested, though salary cap restrictions means that many, including the Roosters, won’t be.
NZ Warriors are looking to bolster their squad after four players returned home, with the team having to base themselves in Australia since the resumption of the NRL in May.
Warriors CEO Cameron George told New Zealand publication Stuff: “If the stars align, we would give it due consideration absolutely.
“If he was in Australia and was available to play, under our circumstances we’d look at him for sure.”
Williams is still in England with his family, and would have to spend 14 days in quarantine before being able to play.
Agents have already been offering around other Wolfpack players to Super League clubs.