Willie Mason could make his rugby league return this weekend after today agreeing to terms with Newcastle for the remainder of this season.
Mason will finalise the six-month deal at a meeting with the Newcastle Knights officials this afternoon, thetelegraph.com.au can confirm.
The NRL lifeline will see Mason return to the NRL for the first time since 2010 on match payments under supercoach Wayne Bennett, whose team has struggled up front so far this season.
After Wests Tigers baulked at signing Mason because of pressure from major sponsors, Bennett stepped-up negotiations in the resignation that his roster was short of class front rowers.
Discussions with NRL cap auditor Ian Schubert cleared the way for the deal to be approved this morning, giving Mason the green light to play for the Knights’ NSW Cup feeder team this weekend.