NRL veteran could be without a club for 2015.
Willie Mason will be on the look-out for a new club in 2015 after being told he is not in coach Rick Stone’s plans next season for the Newcastle Knights.
Mason has been a revelation since joining the Knights taking on the role of on and off-field leader with aplomb.
However, a chance to round out his outstanding, and at times controversial NRL career at the Knights looks to be over with the veteran prop not too worried about finding a new team in the off-season.
“I can change,” Mason told Fox’s NRL 360.
“I’ve played for five different clubs. I’m not a one-club man like Mini (retiring Roosters skipper Anthony Minichiello) so I’ve got no doubt that if Newcastle isn’t the place for me, then I’ll go somewhere else.”
When was announced as being Wayne Bennett’s successor at the Knights for next year he failed to shed any light on the future of Mason, but did hint it would be hard to keep him as well as veteran forwards Chris Houston and David Fa’alogo.
“They are three great players and you’d probably like to keep them all at the club but it may not be possible depending on where our position is in the cap when we finish this year,’’ Stone said at the time.
The futures of Houston and Fa’alogo remain uncertain.
It seems highly unlikely given the club’s salary cap woes, Mason will be offered another career life-line by Brisbane Broncos-bound Bennett.