Mason’s sharpness in training heightens Morgan’s sense of anticipation

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JUSTIN Morgan concedes he cannot wait to see Willie Mason finally make his Hull KR debut.

The colourful Australian Test forward will definitely appear against the Crusaders tomorrow after six months of intrigue, speculation and doubts.

Rovers have had to de-register their star player Michael Dobson, injured for the next two months, to ensure the marque capture can be placed on their overseas quota and play.

The RFL, however, insist the club has assurances from them that Dobson can be re-instated once Mason has possession of his Tongan passport.

After all the drama, Morgan told the Yorkshire Post: “We brought him here to play and I’m looking forward to that.

“But we need 17 contributors against Crusaders. We’re the first to admit we’ve not been playing great stuff over the last couple of weeks but it should be a great day with Wilie making his debut.”

Rovers have failed to win since the opening-night success over Hull FC and are bidding to avoid a fourth straight defeat.

Mason’s arrival – he flew in on Monday – should give them a much-needed lift and Morgan admitted: “He’s looked pretty sharp in training and in good condition.

“He’s slotted in very, very easily and he’ll handle it no problem.

“Crusaders have been similar to us and they’ll come here to play but we’re ready for that.”

Hull FC head to champions Wigan with their own Australian Cameron Phelps set to debut.