Catalans Dragons are in talks to sign Willie Mason, according to Sky Sports.
The 35 year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Manly Sea Eagles, despite being tipped to sign a contract extension with the NRL side in May.
However, Mason recently expressed his desire to extend his playing career: “I’m 35, but my body is in good nick, I don’t miss any sessions,” Mason told Fairfax Media. “If I didn’t get suspended I would have played every game this year.
“I was playing more minutes, doing more work and if you look at the stats, I’m more productive than my last three years. I’m thinking, ‘Why retire?’ Because of my age? It doesn’t mean anything really.”
And Sydney Morning Herald are also reporting that former Australia and Tonga international has been offered a ‘lucrative deal’ to join Laurent Frayssinous’ Dragons.
Mason has represented Canterbury Bulldogs, Sydney Roosters, North Queensland Cowboys and Newcastle Knights as well as the Sea Eagles in the NRL during a 15 year playing career.
The 2004 Clive Churchill Medal winner has also had a spell in rugby union, playing for French side Toulon, although he made only three apearances for the club.
The Auckland-born forward had a short stint in Super League in 2011 after signing a three-year deal with Hull KR. However, Mason made just six appearances for the Robins before the club released him six months into his stay at Craven Park. Rovers claimed Mason was unable to obtain a Tongan passport and therefore counted towards their overseas quota.
Willie Mason Mic’d up last year: