Mason's manager busy on contract 

EVERGREEN international Willie Mason remains unsigned for next season, but his manager is confident of finalising a new two-year deal with the Knights sooner rather than later.

After more than a year in the sporting wilderness, when he struggled to settle at English Super League club Hull Kingston Rovers or French rugby union club Toulon, Mason was a revelation at the Knights this year and was rewarded with Wayne Bennett's coach's award.

Mason's manager, Sam Ayoub, told the Newcastle Herald that he and the Knights had still not completed formalities on a new contract for the 2004 Churchill Medallist, but indicated it was only a matter of time.

"We're still sorting through a couple of little things, but we were before I left," said Ayoub, who returned on Tuesday from an overseas trip.

"I'll get back onto it when I get back into the office, but there was no issue overall."

Meanwhile, English Super League club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are believed to have firmed as favourites to sign former NSW prop Justin Poore, who had been targeted by the Knights.

The 27-year-old is weighing up offers of two-year deals from Wakefield and Newcastle.

● Knights centre Dane Gagai will be joined in Newcastle by his 17-year-old brother Jacob, who is on the verge of signing a three-year deal with the club according to the Mackay Daily Mercury.

A five-eighth for Souths Mackay under 18s and a Brisbane Broncos scholarship player, Jacob will live with Dane and Knights lock Alex McKinnon, and train with the club's National Youth Cup (under-20s) squad when pre-season training starts.

"I'm really excited about it. Having Dane there will be a big bonus," Jacob told the Mercury.

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