Sonny Bill Williams' NRL future still uncertain

Last updated 19:22 29/10/2012
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WILD KNIGHT: Sonny Bill Williams in action for his Japanese club side Panasonic.

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Interim NRL chief executive Shane Mattiske says he needs to see a contract in his hands before determining  whether or not Sonny Bill Williams will be cleared for a return to  the game.

Speculation mounted on the weekend that the NRL are considering  blocking Williams' widely-discussed return to rugby league with the  Sydney Roosters due to the fact the dual international is managed  by non-accredited player agent Khoder Nasser.

Mattiske said no decision had been made on Williams - who walked  out on Canterbury mid-contract in 2008 to take up a big-money offer  in rugby union - simply because they had not yet been approached by  the Roosters.

''The Roosters understand that if they are to bring Sonny Bill to  the game, they need to come and approach us about that,'' Mattiske said.

''They need to get to a point where they've got a contract they  can bring to us for registration - at this stage we're waiting for  that to happen.''

Midway through this year Williams, who is currently on a  short-term deal to play rugby union in Japan and will have a boxing  bout in Brisbane next month, said he was quitting union to honour a  handshake deal with Roosters supremo Nick Politis.

But to date there is no contract in place, an issue recently  appointed Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan said would be his  first item of business.

Such has been the fanfare ahead of Williams' return that it is  believed the NRL has tentatively scheduled the Roosters to open the  season against South Sydney.Mattiske denied any matches had been set in stone other than to  say the Roosters would play the Rabbitohs sometime in round one.

''We haven't settled on the draw, so we haven't locked away the  first game of the year,'' he said.

''We've consistently played in the first round Roosters v Souths  - it's one of our biggest games so we intend on playing that (in  the first round).''

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