Willie Mason’s move to Catalans in jeopardy due to passport issues

Catalans’ attempts to sign Willie Mason have suffered a blow, with the prop still waiting for his passport to arrive.

The iconic Australian forward, who had a very short stint at Hull KR in 2011 before passport complications brought an end to his original Super League stint, was thought to be on the verge of signing a big contract with the Dragons. However, he is still awaiting approval from the Samoan embassy, with documentation yet to arrive.

Catalans started pre-season training this week, with new signings Richie Myler and Pat Richards meeting their new team mates for the first time.

It is understood that both parties are still hopeful that the latest issues won’t stop any potential move.

35-year old Mason, who famously knocked Stuart Fielden out in a Test match between Australia and Great Britain in 2006, played at Manly last year, however he has failed to agree terms with any NRL side for 2016.