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Sonny Bill Williams had initially booked a holiday with his family before being urged to return to the NRL.
After the Toronto Wolfpack announced they were withdrawing from the UK Super League competition for the remainder of the 2020 season, a host of NRL clubs were eager to pick up the free agents - one of those players being SBW.
And after reports surfaced of a secret meeting between Williams' manager and Roosters boss Nick Politis, everyone's suspicions of a historic second coming in Sydney's east came true.
"It's no secret I'm pretty close with the lads at the Roosters, Nick and Trent," SBW told Wide World of Sports.
"I stay in contact with them now and then and Trent just gave me a call and just enquired about what was happening over here. Nick hit me up and asked if I had a couple of months in me to come back.
"To be honest, I hadn't trained for a bit. I'd been on holiday mode. We actually booked flights, me and my wife booked flights for a little family European holiday."
Williams is no stranger to Roosters fans.
The 34-year-old guided the team to an NRL Premiership back in 2013 before going on to clinch his second rugby World Cup winner's medal in 2015 with the All Blacks.
For the reigning NRL Premiers the Roosters, they're in the hunt for a competition three-peat - and a man of SBW's calibre can certainly help them achieve that.
"It's just the challenge that I get so excited about," Williams said.
"It lights that fire inside of you."
The cross-code star, who also dabbles in a bit of boxing here and there, is expected to arrive in Australia later this week and will have to complete a compulsory 14-day quarantine period before even stepping foot on the training ground.
But let's face it, even if SBW only pulls on the famous Tri-Colours jersey a handful of times this season, his presence alone should carry the fourth-placed Roosters over the line and into the NRL history books.
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