Sonny Bill Williams is already being linked with a return to rugby league in 2017, before he has even taken up his new two-year deal in rugby union.
Williams, 29, will return to the 15-man code ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup, signing a two-year deal with Super Rugby outfit the Chiefs, and ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.
But speculation has already begun as to where his future lies beyond his two-year rugby union deal, with a possible return to the Roosters – and rugby league, ahead of the 2017 World Cup – being rumoured by the press Down Under.
He told News Corp: “This is my last year at the Roosters… for now.
“Last year when I came back to the game I didn’t think I would be staying for two years or win the competition.
“Anything is possible.
“I want to have a big end-of-year, not just for myself and family but for the boys because I love it here. Love it.
“The boys are pretty much like my brothers now.
“It took me a few months to get back into the groove of things last year but I have really enjoyed my time back here, not just on the field but off it as well.
“I have got a lot of respect from the footy community, that was one of the main things I wanted to do.”
Sonny Bill helped the All Blacks lift the 2011 Rugby World Cup, before returning to the 13-man code ahead of the 2013 season, playing in the Rugby League World Cup final for New Zealand against Australia at Old Trafford in his first season back.