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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 November 2007, 15:12 GMT
Mason opts to stay in Australia
Willie Mason
Mason was at the Bulldogs for 10 years
Australia star forward Willie Mason has signed a three-year deal with NRL side Sydney Roosters after deciding against a move to Super League.

Mason's agent had been in talks with Hull FC and the player was also linked with Wigan after falling out with previous club Canterbury Bulldogs.

But Mason decided to stay in Australia, and indicated he would not be looking to move to England in the future.

"I'm coming with an attitude to stay for the rest of my career," he said.

"The plan was to stay at the Bulldogs for my whole career, but that didn't work out."

Mason played 148 NRL games for Canterbury since making his debut in 2000, and has also made 10 State of Origin appearances for New South Wales and won 22 caps for Australia.


His relationship with the club soured after he missed an end-of-season lunch and then requested - and was denied - permission to take part in a professional boxing bout.

"Things happen for a reason," he said.

"I had 10 of the best years of my life at the Bulldogs, made best friends - half of them are now at the Roosters.

"I've won competitions, I've played for Australia, New South Wales, I've got nothing but positives to say about the place.

"But it's obviously turned out like this and not in the best circumstances but we all move on and that's what happens in life. It's a business now and things happen.

"It was just a mutual thing between me and the club and the board for me to move on."

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