Album: SBW staying in league
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11138773<br /> <br /> <br /> ----------<br /> Sonny Bill Williams will stick with rugby league and the Roosters next year after informing the NZRU and Chiefs he won't be returning to rugby in 2014.<br /> <br /> The 28-year-old met with NZRU general manager professional rugby Neil Sorensen and Chiefs coaches Dave Rennie and Wayne Smith in Sydney yesterday, when it was assumed he was finalising a deal to return to the Chiefs and New Zealand rugby. The NZRU put out a statement, however, to say Williams wouldn't be returning to rugby in New Zealand next year.<br /> <br /> Read Gregor Paul's column - SBW making it up as he goes along<br /> <br /> While disappointed not to have secured the World Cup winner for 2014, Sorensen said it was no secret Williams had options for his playing career next year.<br /> <br /> "We obviously worked pretty hard to bring Sonny home, and we have had some really good conversations with him,'' Sorensen said. ``This is disappointing but we know we put our best foot forward and, in the end, Sonny has made his decision.<br /> <br /> "As we do with many players who leave New Zealand, we will continue to keep the lines of communication open with him about his playing career.''<br /> <br /> The Roosters said in a statement today that Williams had pledged his commitment to the club for 2014 and it expected him to sign a new deal in mid-February on the same terms and conditions as his 2013 contract.<br /> <br /> Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie said: "While we are disappointed that Sonny won't be with us in 2014 now, we'll be keen to keep talking to him about future options.''<br /> The NZRU understood Williams had informed the Roosters he will return to them for the 2014 season.<br /> <br /> Firstly, he will help the Kiwis at the rugby league World Cup. He was a controversial late inclusion after originally indicating he would be unavailable for the tournament.<br /> ----------<br /> Sorry guys, technical glitch (unwell moderator) killed the thread. Resume the splooge fest.