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Forward Willie Mason is set to celebrate his 250th NRL game when the Newcastle Knights run out onto AAMI Park for their semi-final against the Melbourne Storm on Saturday night.

Mason made his debut for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs during the 2000 season and went on to play 148 games for the Club before joining the Sydney Roosters in 2008. The 33-year-old returned to his hometown of Newcastle mid-way through the 2012 season and has become a leader on and off the field.

Danny Buderus, who celebrated also celebrated his 250th NRL game this season, hopes to make Saturday nights milestone game one for Mason to remember.

He is here in Newcastle to leave a legacythat is why he is playing really well and wants to be part of something, Buderus said.

He is big in stature and big in heart and I am looking forward to making a memorable night for him.