“He can be a superstar” – Keith Mason tips son to be playing Super League soon

Super League is presently home to a number of young players who have famous fathers.

Morgan Gannon son of Jim Gannon plies his trade at Leeds Rhinos alongside Kevin Sinfield’s son Jack.

Meanwhile Leon Pryce’s son Will burst onto the scene in 2021 at Huddersfield Giants and will head to Newcastle Knights in 2024.

The next of these young lads could be Lukas Mason, son of Keith Mason and his father is tipping him to play first team rugby sooner rather later at Wigan Warriors.

“He’s going really well mate, he had an outstanding year last year in the last year of his scholarship. He then played for the academy at the back end but he was only 16,” Keith Mason said to Serious About Rugby League.

“He’s had a really good pre-season, he’s 6 foot 2 now, just under 15 stone. He can play anywhere in the pack, loose-forward because he has a nice pair of hands. He can play prop and he can also play centre because he has pace.

“But I believe he could be playing first team on the 22nd January against Whitehaven. That’s amazing because he’s only just turned 17.

“I have a feeling, if he has a good season, Wigan will blood him into the first team at some point.”

He also explained the role he has had in his development as a player believing that he has what it takes to be “a superstar.”

“To be honest, a few years ago Lukas came to live with me. He was a skinny kid back then, he was gangly, he was skinny and tall. He was always tough and he was always going to get his size when he got older,” Mason said.

“I had him for three and a half years, I did mentor him because I missed some time with him because of personal reasons so when I got him, he’s grown six inches upwards and put on four or five stone.

“The great thing about being a father is watching what your kids do, that’s the essence of life.

“I trained with him every day after school, we travelled every day to Wigan, I was with him. He would train and I would run half marathons around Wigan, down the Wigan cannal.

“I was very hands on with him but I’m not a pushy parent. He’s my son first of all and I love him because he’s my son.

“Rugby side of things is something he’s always loved, he has progressed and he can go all the way, he can be a superstar.

“I truly believe that, I’m not saying that because he’s my son. He’s an outstanding player now and even Matty Peet is talking to him.”

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