Catalans sign Willie Mason

Catalans sign Willie Mason Written by STAFF WRITERS, February 16, 2016

WILLIE Mason’s playing future is now settled, with the prop signing a one-year deal with the Catalans Dragons.

The 35-year-old veteran, who left Manly at the end of last season, had been in talks with the Dragons since November but red-tape difficulties in securing a Samoan passport, which takes him off Catalans’ overseas quota, delayed the deal.

Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous said: “I have never hidden from the fact that I wanted to strengthen our pack. Negotiations with Willie have been long, as in one hand, we had to settle his administrative situation and in the other, find a financial agreement.

“We always set a rule to not spend the money that we do not have and we had to find a compromise with Willie and his agent. Willie is a player who knows the job a prop has to do. He is a physical and aggressive player, both in attack and in defence and we have spoken a lot about the quality of our group and he is really excited to join the club.”

One of the game’s colourful characters, Mason made 291 NRL appearances at stints with the Bulldogs, Roosters, Cowboys, Knights and Sea Eagles.

In addition to club duties, he played three games for Country Origin, 13 games for NSW, plus 24 Tests for Australia and three for Tonga.

He is no stranger to the Super League having played six games for Hull KR in 2011. That same year he also had a brief stint with French rugby outfit Toulon.

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