Rabbits chasing Sonny

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are poised to make a strong bid to lure superstar Sonny Bill Williams to Redfern in 2008.

Williams is off-contract at the end of the 2007 season and it is expected that there will be a number of clubs after his signature. The Bulldogs, however, would be the favourites to retain his services. The Canterbury club has stayed loyal to Williams as he has struggled with injuries.

At just 21, Williams is hot property and many believe he will be a superstar of the game if he avoids injury. Whether he can be convinced to move to South Sydney is another matter and only time will tell.

South Sydney co-owner Peter Holmes a Court will be meeting with Williams’ manager Gavin Orr to discuss a potential contract. It is believed that the offer could be worth up to $1.5 million over 3 years and would be an incredible signing for South Sydney. The Rabbitohs’ have been able to sign a number of big names since the new ownership, including former Bulldog Roy Asotasi.

Holmes a Court stressed the importance of looking after South Sydney’s younger players, as well as going after some big-name signings.

"We have shown our capacity to buy players who are real stars," he said.

"We want to continue to do that, but it is equally important not to let any of our good young talent go either.

"But we will always look at an opportunity to bring in a marquee player.

"We don't need to hide from the fact we will continue to seek top players that fit into the needs of our coaching staff."

The NRL last year decided to scrap the June 30 anti-tampering deadline, meaning any player can be approached by another club at any time. This is likely to cause a number of rumours throughout the season as players weigh up their options for new contracts.

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