Keith Mason will play in Wakefield Trinity colours for the first time in 17 years when the club’s physical disability rugby league (PDRL) team take on opponents from Leeds Rhinos next month.
Trinity’s team will host their counterparts from Rhinos at the Mobile Rocket Stadium on April 8 and Mason, 36, will pull on the red, white and blue once again.
The former Trinity prop is an ambassador for Wakefield’s PDRL team and, together with his partner Riona Kelly-Hawes, promotes disability sport.
Mason said: “I’m genuinely excited to pull the boots back on and play alongside some inspirational people.
“This is where it all began for me and I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wakefield.
“When I signed for Melbourne it was an opportunity that not many British players had so it wasn’t something I wanted to turn down.
“Being able to support Wakefield Trinity in raising the profile of disability sport was the best way I could say thank you for the opportunity I was given.”
He added: “It won’t be about me, Nigel Wright or Alan Hunte when we step out onto that pitch next weekend but we won’t enjoy it any less than any of the athletes on that field.”
Mason made his debut at 17 for Wakefield and earned the Player of the Year award in an impressive academy team that also featured Gareth Ellis, Danny Brough and Ben Westwood.
Despite being coveted by Leeds Rhinos, Melbourne Storm signed Mason for an undisclosed fee and, at the time, was the youngest ever English player to sign for an NRL team.
He went on to play at St Helens, Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers before retiring in 2013.
He has also carved out an acting career, appearing in the 2015 film Skin Traffik alongside Mickey Rourke and Daryl Hannah, and Peaky Blinders.
He is now working on a new film, Harry Masters, and next year he will appear in Rugby Blood, a movie he is also producing and co-writing.