After a solid pre-season, it’s been reported Laurie is settled in well at the Panthers under coach Matt Elliott.
And by all accounts, the clubless Mason shouldn’t be picking arguments with anyone – let alone the reborn Laurie.
Now weighing in at 118kg – a revitalised Laurie has said “I hope Willie Mason is signed by the Cowboys, because I can’t wait to meet him in Round 2.”
The match up would be a juicy one, with the young buck Laurie known to go ‘full tilt’ on the field, up against Willie Mason who would be desperately trying to re-establish himself as a genuine star once more.
But it’s all merely a possibility at this stage – with talks around Mason’s future still on-going, while the Cowboys haven’t yet ruled him out – the Newcastle Knights are said to be mulling over the possibility of signing the big prop forward.