Catalans land Willie Mason signing

Catalans Dragons have announced the signing of Willie Mason on a one-year contract.

The former Canterbury, Sydney and Manly man has ended weeks of speculation over a move to Perpignan by signing a deal with Laurent Frayssinous’ men.

Mason is no stranger to Super League, having played for Hull KR in 2011 before having a brief spell in rugby union with French club Toulon.

Catalans head coach Laurent Frayssinous said: “I have never hidden from the fact that I wanted to strengthen our pack. Negotiations with Willie have been long, as in one hand, we had to settle his administrative situation and in the other, find a financial agreement.

“We always set a rule to not spend the money that we do not have and we had to find a compromise with Willie and his agent. Willie is a player who knows the job a prop has to do.

“He is a physical and aggressive player, both in attack and in defence and we have spoken a lot about the quality of our group and he is really excited to join the club. “