Williams to stay, Mason back in
round 20

There's plenty going on out at Belmore right now.

Sonny Bill Williams has reportedly turned down a staggering $2.7 million deal with English club St Helen's which would have made him the highest paid player in rugby league.

A Sydney newspaper says the Bulldogs sensation was offered the lucrative three-year contract last month but told his managers, Gavin and Chris Orr of Pacific Sports Management, to instead negotiate a deal that would see him remain at Canterbury.

This has outraged St Helens, who are threatening legal action over the leaking of the offer to the media and also says it has been misrepresented. Gavin Orr insists his company was not responsible for the leak, suggesting that the source is probably closer to home with the English club.

Orr hopes a deal with the Bulldogs will be finalised within 10 days but they are awaiting confirmation of the new NRL third party payment arrangements.

Meanwhile, fans have been rocked only days from the start of the NRL premiership with news that Willie Mason may be sidelined until round 20.

Mason initially thought he would be peeling oranges for the boys until early June but after receiving advice from a specialist, the New South Wales and Australian forward says the recovery period has lengthened to late July.

This would mean that the Churchill medallist will have the screws removed from his right foot in June and from there it will be another four to six weeks before the bone heals.