Sonny Bill Williams is playing down reports he has committed to playing for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL again next year.
The Daily Telegraph today reported Williams had agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Roosters for 2014, believed to be worth around $1 million. They said the new 12-month extension at Bondi hadn't been formally signed but was expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
"I have not signed or committed to anything for next year and won't be doing so until I feel the time is right,'' Williams tweeted this morning. "My sole focus right now is playing the best I can for the boys and the club.''
The Roosters are second on the NRL table, four points behind the Rabbitohs, and Williams has been in dynamic form. He has played the last two games at five-eighth and was a standout performer in the Roosters' 18-12 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles on Monday night.
The Chiefs are also hoping to regain his services and are keen on luring him back across the Tasman next year. At the very least Williams, who played 19 tests for the All Blacks, is expected to return to rugby in time to stake a claim to be involved in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.