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Willie or Won't He?
Posted by southstander on November 07 2007 - 12:37:25

Overnight in Australia one of the biggest names in the game was sensationally sacked by his club, releasing him to begin negotiations with potential new employers.

A lengthy meeting Willie Mason and the Canterbury Bulldogs ended with the dramatic news after the players increasing frustration at disciplinary fines and his employers refusal to allow him to box.

Is he on Garys shopping list? We speculate here...

There is no denying that Willie Mason is a sensational rugby league player, but his reputation throughout his career has been one of an 'unpolished diamond'. Frequently in trouble on and off the field he is one of the games bad boys, which seems to endear him to supporters. The twenty-seven year olds career has been dogged by controversy, but his quality as a tugby player will now put him on the top of many coaches 'must have' lists. Will McClennan be one?

Leaders in the bidding war are likley to be the Rooster, Sharks and Dragons but Mason may wish to have a clean break from the Australian game and take advantage of the English pound to ply his trade. If he does decide to try out for a Pommie side then there will be many coaches clamouring for his services. One name in the frame already is that of Hull FC who need a boost after last seasons disappointments.

With the recent signing of ex-Rhinos favourite Richie Mathers you would expect that Wigan were already sailing so close to the salary cap that they hold so dear. Bradford are struggling financially, and also close to the cap, and you can never rule Saints out of the chase for world class players.

Leeds, on the other had, won't be interested. Hetherington has already made it clear that all players from 2007 are on the books for 2008 and with all players having received some salsry increase as a result of winning the Grand Final, I'd doubt that we'd have the capacity for Willies salary and stay under the cap. Forgetting the financial then I am not sure that the Chief Exec or the new coach would want to bring a potentially disruptive influence into the camp, especially when we were so successful last month.

My best guess is that the big fella will stay in Australia, but if he does land on our shores then my favourites would be Hull FC or Warrington to secure his services.

Wouldn't it be great to see himin Superleague next season?

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