When Sonny Bill Williams walked out on the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2008, it was always going to take a lot to repair his reputation.

Williams dramatically walked away in the middle of a pay dispute when he was 18 months into a lucrative five-year deal without informing the NRL club, spotted at Sydney Airport bound for a flight to France to play rugby.

The strut through the airport stunk of a young man with more money than sense, who thought he was bigger than the game and could do what he wanted.

He still has his critics, there is no

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