Former UK coach Brian Noble says there has never been a greater Super League signing than the move from Sonny Bill Williams to the Toronto Wolfpack.
The Wolfpack announced Friday morning that Williams will join them for a two-year deal worth up to $ 10 million.
Noble, the rugby director of Toronto, said that the signature obscured even those of the immortal Andrew Johns of the rugby competition, who worked at Warrington in 2005.
"In my opinion, this is without a doubt the biggest sign in Super League history, and I have been there from day one in 1996," Noble, the first coach to win three Super League titles, told NRL.com.
"You just have to look at the world news in relation to what we have done and understand that it is almost on the front pages throughout the UK, Europe and North America.
"It has made TV broadcasts and sports programs & # 39; s, so it has already had a huge impact. It is huge for the rugby competition in the northern hemisphere."
Williams recently turned 34 and will be a professional sportsman in his 16th when he enters the field in 2020.
Noble quickly relieved every idea that the deal was mainly about using Williams' profile, arguing that the double NRL premiership winner is an even better player than the one who last played competition with the Roosters in 2014.
"I think he's been much better since he was last in the rugby competition, and I have absolutely no doubt that he will be ready to play a major role in the field," Noble said.
"The man's humility will insist on having an impact on the field in the first place.
"The exciting thing for us and SBW is that all the questions he has asked football staff and myself are about how he can make the greatest impact on the field, where he should be physically and what is expected from the coach.
"Our coach Brian McDermott went to Japan to meet him during the Rugby World Cup and told him & # 39; this is my philosophy about football & # 39; and I think they agreed on many things that can only be done well for the type of football he wants to play. "
Williams & # 39; signing led to a large number of players from around the world offering their congratulations and support.
Social media was flooded with love for the dual-code superstar with a series of past and present NRLs and Super League stars expressing their excitement.