It was a long process, but one that has finally come to an end – with Mason agreeing to a deal for the remainder of the 2012 NRL season, with the Newcastle Knights.
The contract will be an incentive based one, as Mason returns home, having played for the Macquarie Scorpions as a junior, before his NRL career kicked off.
In perhaps an added boost for Mason, the controversial forward will join his younger brother Rodney Mason, who is already at the club.
In regards to playing, Mason is thrilled to have another opportunity in the NRL, and he plans to make the most of it.
“I am grateful that Wayne and the Club have shown confidence in me to contribute to the Club and I will not be wasting the opportunity to not only perform on the field but to contribute to the Knights strong community programs,â€ Mason said.
“I am aware that I still have plenty of hard work ahead of me to earn a spot in the NRL team.
“It is great to be home and playing in front of my family, friends and the Newcastle community. I can’t wait to run out for my first game in the famous Knights colours.”
Matt Gidley, the Knights CEO believes that Mason has a lot to offer the club, and believes that he can thrive on the football field.
â€œWe are pleased to be able to offer Willie an opportunity to re-establish his rugby league career back in his home town,â€ Gidley said.
â€œWillieâ€™s experience and physical traits will bring confidence to our current squad, particularly our emerging players for which we have very high hopes.
â€œThis is another example of bringing local talent back to Newcastle and a philosophy we will continue to promote throughout our rugby league community.”