From the Australian: THE Sydney Roosters fought tooth-and-nail to get Willie Mason, but now they're ready to sever ties with the controversial NSW and Australian forward at the end of the season. Mason, who made his return from a serious knee injury against Canberra last weekend, has a further year remaining on the deal he signed at the end of 2007. However, The Australian understands that the Roosters would be willing to cut Mason loose should his manager, Greg Keenan, secure an opportunity overseas. The club's readiness to part ways with Mason completes a remarkable about-face. The Roosters swooped for the colourful NRL star when he fell out of favour at the Bulldogs, hailing his arrival as a coup for the club. However, Mason failed to live up to the billing last season. Although he managed to play three State of Origin games for NSW, his form was heavily criticised and his season ended prematurely when he suffered a serious knee injury. Mason's recovery from the knee problem is just one of the issues confronting the club. His salary and age - he turns 29 next month - are also cause for concern. Keenan is in Europe, although it is unclear whether he is exploring options for Mason or his other clients. Mason's situation is likely to put Super League clubs on high alert. He also shapes as a potential target for rugby union clubs in Europe and Japan. ----------- Despite a disappointing season he was really starting to rev up when he copped his knee injury. Love him or hate him I would like to see him get another club in the NRL.