Last night on Channel 9's The Footy Show, NSW and Australia Second Rower/Prop Willie Mason confirmed he declined an offer of approximately $1 000 000 per season (possibly a little bit more) at ESL team Harlequins. He maintained he wanted to honor his contract which sees him though to the end of 2009 at the Canterbury Bulldogs. I must say, I really admire him doing this because these days a contract isn't a contract and players are increasingly requesting releases to sign somewhere else. I'm sick to death of players in either code, more so in Rugby League, being bound to a contract that says they have to play at that club for X number of years. Fair enough if the player has to be released on compassionate grounds, but if it's to just sign with another club then I see that as blatantly stupid to tell you the truth, it's a disgrace and something that happens far too often. Good on Willie for wanting to honor his contract. When he comes off contract at the end of 2009, and if he is offered such big bikkies, then he should definitely take it because after all professional sports are a business nowadays, which makes it even more important to honor a contract.