Back to Belmore? Bulldogs sponsors target Sonny Bill Williams for shock homecoming

The Bulldogs could be a shock contender for the services of Sonny Bill Williams for 2021, if the Wolfpack fail to return to the Super League next season.

Williams will link with the Roosters for the remainder of the 2020 season after Toronto removed themselves from the Super League due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However the Laundy family, whose Laundy Hotels have become the Bullodgs’ new jersey sponsor are interested in bringing Williams home to the club he left in 2008.

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‘‘We are not dumb money,’’ Stu Laundy told The Sydney Morning Herald.

‘‘We want an involvement in the club. I see my dad, Arthur, having a role like Nick Politis at the Roosters — a wise man who can help with a football team that he loves.’’

Laundy Jr, who incidentally is a Roosters fan was made famous by his appearance on Sophie Monk’s season of the Bachelorette.

He then fought Sonny Bill Williams in a charity boxing match and the pair became quite close.

‘‘He broke my rib,’’ Laundy said.


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‘‘But I got to know him and I have to say I have never met a nicer man. And there is no question he has qualities that we’d like to bring to the Bulldogs.

“I know he has a deal with the Roosters, but after that … well we’d like to throw our hat into the ring for him.

Sonny Bill Williams and Stu Laundy pose ahead of their charity boxing match ‘The Banger Under The Hanger’ in 2018.Source:Getty Images

“I’ve talked to Khoder [Nasser, Williams’ agent] and I’d like to talk with him again.

‘‘I have to admit that I’m a Roosters fan and I’m happy for Sonny, but my dad, my sisters, Danielle, Justine, and my mum, Margaret, are all Bulldogs for life and there is no question that, like them, all Bulldogs people who want to bring back a steel to the club would want Sonny Bill back.’’

Williams scored 34 tries in 73 games for the Bulldogs from 2004 to 2008 and won a premiership for the club in his debut season, which is Canterbury’s last NRL title.

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Williams played 45 games for the Roosters in 2013 and 2014 and won a premiership in his first year with the club.

His strong relationship with Nick Politis will make it hard for the Bulldogs to pry him away if the Wolfpack can’t return to the Super League.

Originally published asBack to Belmore? Bulldogs sponsors target Sonny Bill for shock homecoming

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