Toronto Wolfpack’s star signing Sonny Bill Williams says he will do whatever he can to help grow the sport of rugby league.
The 34-year-old has joined the Canadian club on a two-year marquee contract following a five-year spell in rugby union with the All Blacks.
Williams is the biggest signing in the game’s history, with the dual-code international becoming the highest paid rugby player in the world.
He said: “I understand the responsibility is to use my profile in whatever capacity I can to help grow (the game).
“Whether that is doing a bit more (media) or going out and speaking to young kids then I am all for it.
“But is it going to change the way I am or do I feel the need to change who I am? No. I just do me and do the best I can.
“This is such a blessed opportunity to do this on and off the field and if I can open a few more doors for young kids back in New Zealand, Australia and the islands to succeed and to be a part of this, how cool would that be?”
Williams is confident he will be fit enough to play in Toronto’s first Super League game against Castleford at Emerald Headingley on Sunday, February 2 (2:30pm).