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Bones to pick at Belmore - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Thu, 01 Nov 2007 07:53:00 GMT
Media reports are rife that forward Willie Mason may quit playing for Canterbury unless CEO Malcolm Noad is sacked.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph Mason is said to be ‘furious’ with Noad after being threatened with a $50,000 fine for missing a Grand Final lunch.

The sour working relationship between the pair apparently spiraled even further after the 2004 Clive Churchill Medal winner was denied permission to enter a charity boxing match where he hoped to raise money for a children’s charity.

Dogs chairman George Peponis - who has publicly backed his chief executive – met up with Mason last night to confront the big man’s concerns.

“I listened to what Willie had to say and we had a discussion about all the issues,” Peponis said.

“There was no outcome but we’ll catch up in three to four days and hopefully find a solution – if there is one.”

If there isn’t a peace deal brokered between the feuding parties, then the short-term career options for Mason are limited to the UK Super League, Rugby Union or possibly a stint in the NFL.

That would involve walking away from a $450,000-a-year deal with the Bulldogs.

Yesterday Radio 2GB reported that Malcolm Noad was on the verge of being sent to the Doghouse.
That resulted in swift response by Bulldogs management who put out a press release and labeled the story a ‘malicious lie’ which was ‘totally unfounded.’

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