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Rugby league’s prodigal son Sonny Bill Williams picked an interesting time to bury the hatchet with Canterbury Bulldogs fans.
After leading his new side the Sydney Roosters to a 38-point demolition of the club that made him a household name, Williams said he wished he could change the past.
“I’m a lot more mature right now and if I could go back, I definitely would change a lot of the things that happened but I can’t,” Williams said.
“I apologised as soon as I came back and I guess that hasn’t gotten across in the media too much.
“But for me, it was good facing up and just facing it head on and it was surprising to me coming through the gates (and being asked) to take some photos with some of the Canterbury fans.
“I said during the week I understand some of the ill feeling towards me from the fans but, for myself, it was never about the players that I played with or the fans. I always had a pretty good relationship with them.
“It was about some stuff that went on with the hierarchy and I guess I just had to sort stuff out for myself – I was pretty young back then.”
Williams was kept out of the media in the week leading up to the clash against Canterbury, in a bid to keep the high-flying Roosters focused on the task at hand.
The former rugby union star scored two tries against his former club and set up another, as the impressive Roosters side improved to 4-2 this season.