Why Mason Lino is a 'key signing' for Wakefield Trinity
The Samoan international is set to be one of one of Trinity’s key half-backs next year with Danny Brough departing for Bradford Bulls and head coach Chris Chester keen to get a player on board who can guide Wakefield around the pitch.
“I’m very excited. I’ve been following the team and I can’t wait to get over and get to work. It felt like it was a really good move for me to come over and hopefully I can make a big contribution to the team,” said Lino.
“I hope I can provide some consistent and good performances in 2021 and beyond. I’ve learnt plenty in the NRL, from players I’ve played with and people I’ve worked with, so hopefully I can use that to my advantage and help the team.
“Super League was always something I wanted to have a crack at and it was a goal to come over.
“Hopefully it will be a good experience for me and I’m most excited about playing some consistent football for Wakefield.”
Chester is pleased to bring Lino to Belle Vue with the player approaching his prime playing years.
He has also spoken to former Hull Kingston Rovers coach Justin Morgan, who was also previously employed as an assistant coach at New Zealand Warriors, and Newcastle half-back
Blake Green, with both men giving glowing recommendations of Lino.
“Mason will be a real key signing for us as we approach 2021,” added Chester.
“He is a real tough competitor and will guide us around the park, whilst also possessing an impressive kicking game and some quick feet.
“I know from speaking to Mason that he’s super keen to come over and start work. I’ve also spoken to Justin Morgan and Blake Green in Australia about Mason and they couldn’t speak highly enough of him.
“At 26-years-old, Mason has his prime years ahead of him and the Trinity fans will certainly enjoy watching him in the red, white and blue over the next three years.”