Super League boss Elstone tips Sonny Bill Williams to do talking on the field

Super League boss Elstone tips Sonny Bill Williams to do talking on the field

Super League chief executive Robert Elstone has already seen the impact Sonny Bill Williams will have on the competition – but wants him to do his talking on the pitch.  Toronto’s marquee signing has dominated headlines since signing the biggest contract in either codes history. It emerged this week that he will refuse to wear sponsor’s Betfred logo on his Wolfpack shirt due to his religious beliefs.  Elstone says that has been settled amicably and praised the bookmaker’s “pragmatic” approach to the situation. Now he hopes the 34-year-old lives up to the pre-season hype in the 25th season of Super League after a major rebrand of the competition.  Elstone said: “Toronto have brought talkability to the competition and piqued the interest of fans and media, with one amazing individual who has seen the eyes of the world turn onto Super League. Read More Related Articles Tyla Hepi back in Super League after working in bars, kitchens and furniture shops  “I have a South African friend, a Muslim, who sent me a text about Sonny and said he’s got 100 of his friends talking about Super League that have never heard of it before. It’s a good example of what his signing can do.  “The first time I met him today, I said to him ‘I want you to do your talking on the pitch’ – and I hope he will. I’m sure he will.”  The ambitious Canadian club have also been vocal in their desire to be given salary cap dispensation to expand their 23-man squad, an issue Elstone says he can see both sides of after rival clubs expressed their concern.  He added: “I think what we have to do is find the right solution for the club, but equally respect the cap that’s in place.  “Relegation is a factor and there’s a few clubs worried about where they will finish that are looking closely at this issue.  “It’s not an easy one. I have sympathy both ways but the whole thing will be resolved within a short space of time.  “They’re having a discussion with the RFL primarily – who essentially are operating the cap on Super League’s behalf.  “It’s crazy that it’s being done at the end of January really. Clubs have built squads, set budgets and a week out from the start of the season, we’re looking at something that might impact Toronto and the rest of the league.  “The game should have addressed it sooner. The one thing any league needs is certainty and consistency, and to do this at a late date is not ideal.”  Super League confirmed the launch of a four-part documentary on the 2019 season that will be shown on Sky and Amazon, along with a new weekly magazine programme.