“I’m really pleased, they showed a progressive, pragmatic approach to this.”


Elstone also spoke about Toronto’s request for salary cap relief for their first season in the top flight, admitting it is “crazy” that the situation has still to be resolved less than a week before the big kick-off.

“They’re having those discussions primarily with the Rugby Football League who essentially operate the cap on Super League’s behalf,” the former Everton chief executive said.

“I am aware of discussions and some proposals which really now have to be ratified and shared with the clubs We’ll see where that gets to.

“I think what we have to do is find the right solution for the club but equally respect the cap that’s in place.”

Williams admitted he could not wait for the talking to stop and the Super League campaign to start.

Wigan and Warrington kick-off the season on Thursday with Williams in line to make his debut for Toronto on Sunday, February 2 against Castleford.

Williams rubbed shoulders with many former teammates and NRL rivals at the season launch in Leeds on Friday with the likes of former Sydney Roosters James Maloney and Shaun Kenny-Dowall, George Burgess and Gareth Widdop among the players present.

Wise guy James Maloney jousting with Williams at the season launch.Credit:Getty

Williams and Maloney, who has signed for French side Catalans, jousted playfully on stage at a packed press conference with the former NSW playmaker teasing the New Zealander about his $5 million contract.

“I remember the last time he left he said he’d never come back to league because in rugby he can make seven tackles and that’s in a big game,” Maloney said.

“Now he’s got to come back, play in the back-row, make 15 hit-ups and 25 tackles but I guess when that kind of pay cheque is thrown at you forget about all that contact.”

“I am just really excited to come back to the game I grew up playing,” Williams said.

“I feel in tip-top shape and ready to go and I am just excited to get amongst it, especially against Catalans when I can run at Jimmy.”

Williams admits his new side will not see the best of him at the start of the season but said the residual knowledge of his return to league with the Roosters in 2013 will stand him in good stead.


“I know I will be rusty coming back,” he said.

“I am just training to build my season on hard work and then as it progresses hopefully I can sprinkle a bit of my magic on the team.”

Burgess will play without his brothers Sam, Luke and twin Tom for the first time after leaving South Sydney to join Wigan and is looking forward to being his own man.

“It’s nice in a way to break away and forge my own path and create your own identity in the squad,” Burgess said.

“That’s been a first for me.

“It was like the first day at school, meeting your new friends and I have enjoyed that.”


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