Manly pull out of Mason race

Manly have officially pulled out of the race to sign test forward Willie Mason.

Club officials announced yesterday that they are happy with their squad and will not seek to sign Mason.

In a statement to the media Manly chief executive Graham Lowe, said: “The management of the Manly Sea Eagles today decided not to make an offer to Willie Mason for the upcoming 2010 Telstra Premiership.

“We are content with the squad we have and are confident of a successful season.

“The club is eager to move on from the speculation of Mason joining the club and is continuing to work hard in preparation for the season ahead.”

Speculation remains about the real reason for the announcement with club fans and supporters reportedly unhappy about Mason’s off-field image.

The only hope now for the 29-year-old, who has been told he is not wanted at the Roosters in 2010, is the North Queensland Cowboys who are interested in his signature.

Mason, who has spent time in Japan negotiating a move to rugby union, has reportedly been contacted by the Cowboys although formal talks have yet to be confirmed.

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