Willie Mason has emerged as a shock candidate to replenish the Cronulla Sharks’s barren front-row, which was decimated yesterday when Kade Snowden finally agreed to terms with the Newcastle Knights.

Training alone in England thanks to a passport debacle that’s left him unable to play, a frustrated Mason recently told friends he’s considering a return Down Under.

Mason could fall directly within the Sharks’ sights should he come home, with the Shire outfit reeling from the loss of their starting front-row in Snowden and Luke Douglas, who will join the Titans on a three-year deal next year.

Mason’s possible return will pitch his name into the fray of Sharks targets. The club has already spoken with agents representing Bryce Gibbs, Ben Ross and Trent Waterhouse.

Having joined Hull KR with exceptional fanfare, Mason’s UK honeymoon ended abruptly last month when officials were forced to deregister the 31-year- old after his Tongan passport was delayed.

Still awaiting clearance, Mason has again been exiled and while he was linked with French rugby club Toulon and Bradford, no breakthrough has been reached. It’s also understood he’s owed money.

Mason’s manager Greg Keenan did not return calls but a close friend said the 31-year-old was unhappy.

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