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Henry keen to keep Mason at Cowboys

By Ed Jackson 31/07/2010 08:04:33 AM Comments (0)

North Queensland coach Neil Henry says he will do everything he can to keep Willie Mason at the Cowboys despite reports of offers from English Super League clubs.

Henry told reporters after his team's 24-16 loss to Penrith on Friday night that he was unaware of any interest from England and was still hopeful of keeping the former NSW and Australia forward.

"Well, that's news to me and might be news to Willie as well," Henry said when asked about reported interest from Hull KR and Huddersfield.

"You know how journos work, might be via a manager I think. I don't know.

"We've had some early talks with Willie about next season, nothing's been finalised.

"I suppose there's still a little bit of a holding pattern with what's happening down in Melbourne with a few clubs and we're no different to that.

"We're no further to signing him at the moment but I haven't heard about a firm offer from overseas.

"We're keen to look at what we have available to offer him. He might be able to get a better offer somewhere else but I certainly can't fault his efforts week-in, week-out, he's been very good for us."

Mason was quoted in the Hull Daily Mail expressing his desire to go to England despite several NRL clubs, including the Cowboys, supposedly chasing the 30-year-old's services.

"I have nothing left to achieve in Australia and I want to give the Super League a go," Mason was quoted as saying.

"You could say it's now a two-horse race between Hull KR and Huddersfield. Bradford, Salford and Catalans were also mentioned to me, but I'd say it's between those two.

"I don't want to go to a side that are going to lose by 30 or 40 points on a regular basis. I want to go to a well-established club that has a fair crack of winning the title.

"There has also been interest from some NRL teams, but I am keen to go to England.

"At this stage, my manager has only held initial talks with the clubs, but I hope to make my mind up within the next month."

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