It’s always brilliant to see kids following in their fathers’ footsteps.
Well, there has been one dad who has been keen to show off his son’s progress at every level of rugby league.
That man is Keith Mason who was once a formidable Super League player, plying his trade for the likes of St Helens, Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants, with his son now destined to follow that Super League path.
Lukas, Keith’s son, has signed professional terms with Wigan Warriors – perhaps one of the best Super League sides to bring through players into the first-team – with Keith taking him to the DW Stadium today to sign the contract.
The likes of Liam Marshall, Tom Davies, Harry Smith, Joel Tomkins, Sam Powell and Sam Tomkins have all been part of the Wigan academy system and have gone on to have stellar Super League careers – and Keith Mason will be hoping for the exact same from his son.
On route to wigan with my son Lukas to sign his first ever professional Rugby league contract with @WiganWarriorsRL a very proud dad and son moment ♥️💯🍒
— Keith Mason official (@Realkeithmason) August 16, 2022
Still just a teenager, Lukas’ route into the sport has been a great one, with Keith previously speaking to Serious About Rugby League about his son Lukas’ route into the sport.
“He started playing at Clockface when he was 6 until 11 then he went to Orrell St James’ where he captained them,” Mason senior said.
“He was there until he was 14 and he’s played at Siddal RLFC from the under 14s and just won the 1st division champions.
“Wigan have been watching Lukas since playing at Rainford High from 11 – the now-Wigan coach Matty Peet, alongside John Jackson and Jack Roden spotted him.”
Of course, with a father that made it all the way, pressure can sometimes get to some players, but Lukas’ feet appear firmly grounded to the floor as he seeks out a potential career in the top flight.
And, with Keith by his side, the teenager will be learning from the best in one of the best environments a young player can be in.