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Roosters coach certain Sonny Bill Williams can help club - 'I know the value of him'

Sydney Roosters are already well into discussions with Sonny Bill Williams to bring him to the club for the final month of the NRL season, with answers expected in the coming days.

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David Argyle says he'll work out a new deal for 2021 with Williams if it means he can play in Australia. Source: Breakfast

It would be a dream reunion for the 34-year-old and the NRL champions, who believe in his professionalism, mental preparation and influence so much that he could help deliver their third-straight premiership.

In the six years since he has played NRL the game has evolved, but coach Trent Robinson is confident his impact will not only be off the field, but on it.

"We've talked about every bit of (the challenges) and been really honest with each other," Robinson said today.

"I know the value of him about the professionalism and the mentality as him as a person and then we understand it's a big task, he's a guy that loves taking on big challenges and I won't be capping him on what his ability to do things may be for this season.

"We're not looking for anything spectacular, although he's capable of it, we're looking for a guy to add value to our squad."

The obstacles standing in the way are significant, but Robinson believes they will be worth the effort to hurdle if Williams can be reunited with the club.

Questions are yet to be answered over his Super League contract with Toronto and whether his Roosters deal can be registered while it's active, which is currently prohibited by NRL rules.

Sonny Bill Williams (L) talking to James Maloney Source: Photosport

Then there are issues with the Australian Border Force, getting the New Zealand resident into the country from Europe, a 14-day quarantine and training to return to the NRL for the first time since 2014.

It all needs to be cleared and signed off by next week, when it is hoped he will travel to Australia.

According to Robinson, he could begin playing in round 15 for their clash with Wests Tigers at the earliest.

And although a lot of time has passed since Williams was a part of the club, there are still five players in the starting side from their 2013 NRL grand final victory.

He has also stayed in close contact with the Roosters training staff, who helped him prepare his body for rugby league before he left for Toronto.

"He knows our people and our style of play, things haven't changed," Robinson said.

"We've evolved that and he knows that by watching us, but he also feels our style of play still.

"He knows the people in the place, a lot of our senior players were his teammates and he's a Rooster and he's going to add value in some really key areas.

"That's a fair way down the track but they're the reasons why we want to have him here."