There were rumours the 27-year-old would return to rugby union – with the Chiefs his most likely destination – however according to reports in Australia, Williams has agreed to sign another one-year contract with the Sydney Roosters.
While the finer details of the contract have yet to be ironed out, it is understood the influential Roosters chairman Nick Politis played a major role in convincing the former All Black to remain in Sydney.
The contract is also believed to be flexible when it comes to Williams’ other sporting interests, mainly boxing.
Since returning to league, Williams – who started his sporting career with the Canterbury Bulldogs – has been in fine form and was the key player in the Roosters’ Monday night victory over the Manly Sea Eagles.
Asked about the importance of keeping Williams in the NRL, chief executive Dave Smith said: “We want people in our game like Sonny Bill and of course we want him to stay. He’s one of many wonderful athletes in our game, you got ‘GI’ (Greg Inglis), Sonny Bill the list is endless.”