Kiwi rugby player Sonny Bill Williams has reportedly agreed to a $10 million Super League deal with English Super League side the Toronto Wolfpack.
The contract is said to be the highest-paid in rugby league and union history and includes a two-year deal.
Australian sports reporter Danny Weidler reported to Nine News Williams’ decision.
“He’s made his mind up to play for the Toronto Wolfpack who play in the English Super League,” Weidler said.
“The deal is stunning – $10m for two years work, incredible money.”
The deal comes after Toronto’s head coach Brian McDermott received word of the rugby star’s interest of joining the team. Williams will be earning around four times the amount NRL superstar Daly Cherry-Evans and AFL superstar Lance Franklin earned.
McDermott explained his team wanted to bring in a David Beckham-type player to make an impact on the team, and Williams fits the bill.
“Sonny Bill Williams has shown interest in us and that’s what it is at the moment,” McDermott said last month.
“He’s currently busy with the World Cup so I wouldn’t ever dare to suggest that he is more than interested in coming but the answer wasn’t a ‘no’ once we made contact so that’s something we’d like to follow up.”
A spokesperson from the Wolfpack said that while they are communicating with Williams, they do not expect any formal announcement to be made at this moment, though an update will be expected later in the week.