Report: Sonny Bill Williams gets Toronto Wolfpack minority stake

Marquee signing compared to David Beckham’s LA Galaxy move.

8 November 2019 Sam Carp
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Cross-code New Zealand rugby star Sonny Bill Williams has been given a minority stake in the Toronto Wolfpack as part of his big-money move to the Canadian rugby league outfit, according to the Telegraph.

The 34-year-old, who was part of the All Blacks rugby union squad for the recently concluded World Cup in Japan, completed his switch to the Wolfpack earlier this week on a two-year contract reported to be worth UK£5 million (US$6.4 million).

However, the Telegraph has revealed that on top of the lucrative salary, part of the agreement includes Williams becoming a minority shareholder in the club.

The deal, which comes ahead of the Wolfpack’s 2020 debut in England’s domestic Super League, apparently makes Williams the highest paid player in the history of either code, but his status as one of the club’s marquee players means only the first UK£150,000 of his salary will count towards the club’s salary cap.

Bob Hunter, Toronto Wolfpack’s chairman and chief executive, said the signing of Williams would both improve the popularity of the club and also the sport in Canada.

“The excitement he will bring to the sport of rugby league in this country will be incredible,” Hunter said. “Having someone of his talent join the Wolfpack will greatly raise the profile of the club, and also help move the game forward globally. Sonny is a phenomenal athlete and we believe he is rugby’s LeBron James and his addition to our league is comparable to when David Beckham joined LA Galaxy

Cross-code New Zealand rugby star Sonny Bill Williams has been given a minority stake in the Toronto Wolfpack as part of his big-money move to the Canadian rugby league outfit, according to the Telegraph.

The 34-year-old, who was part of the All Blacks rugby union squad for the recently concluded World Cup in Japan, completed his switch to the Wolfpack earlier this week on a two-year contract reported to be worth UK£5 million (US$6.4 million).

However, the Telegraph has revealed that on top of the lucrative salary, part of the agreement includes Williams becoming a minority shareholder in the club.

The deal, which comes ahead of the Wolfpack’s debut in England’s domestic Super League, apparently makes Williams the highest paid player in the history of either code, but his status as one of the club’s marquee players means only the first UK£150,000 of his salary will count towards the club’s salary cap.

Bob Hunter, Toronto Wolfpack’s chairman and chief executive, said the signing of Williams would both improve the popularity of the club and also the sport in Canada.

“The excitement he will bring to the sport of rugby league in this country will be incredible,” Hunter said. “Having someone of his talent join the Wolfpack will greatly raise the profile of the club, and also help move the game forward globally. Sonny is a phenomenal athlete and we believe he is rugby’s LeBron James and his addition to our league is comparable to when David Beckham joined LA Galaxy

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