Mason: Red and blue a dream come true
Thursday 15 November 2012 5:00 PM
While it was only today announced that Willie Mason will remain a Knight for the next two years, the second rower said he has had a handshake contract with Wayne Bennett since the mid-way through the 2012 season.
“I have always been a Knights supporter and was one of those kids sitting on the hill when I was ten years old,” he said at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
“It has been a dream of mine to play for Newcastle, I have said that my whole career.
“The Knights fans have been great to me and hopefully they are happy with the news today I have re-signed.”
Joining the Knights in June of the 2012 season, 32-year old Mason said he has proved that he can still play at the top level and is looking forward to doing it again next year.
“I haven’t had a full pre-season since 2007 and with that behind me I think I can contribute a lot more next season,” Mason said.
“And with the roster we have at the moment I am really excited for next year.”
Mason said he would enjoy the chance to play alongside his younger brother Rodney, who is a member of the Knights first grade squad.
“It was a bit of a shame that he had a knee reconstruction about six weeks before the end of the year because I think he would have been really pushing for a spot,” he explained.
“He has trained hard in rehab and hopefully by next season, if there are no injuries and he is playing well, I will get to play with him.”