Lino granted release by Vodafone Warriors

The Vodafone Warriors have today confirmed halfback Mason Lino has been granted a release to continue his NRL career in Australia.

The 24-year-old was recently given permission to test the market after making just 17 NRL appearances since his debut late in the 2015 season.

“It’s not an easy decision to let Mason go because he is the epitome of a true club man and we all love having him around,” said Vodafone Warriors general manager football Brian Smith.

“He has been totally dedicated to the Vodafone Warriors but we didn’t want to stand in the way of him having a look at options with other clubs.

“His opportunities for NRL football have been limited here and he has more than earned the right to look at the chance of more regular exposure.

“While we’re sorry to see Mason go we’re also excited for him and wish him all the best.”

Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney said Lino had demonstrated the values the club stood for.

“Mason has always provided a wonderful example to everyone at the club,” he said.

“He has been totally loyal and supportive in all he does. When we needed him he came into the side and did a really good job for us every time.

“He certainly goes with our blessing and leaves a tremendous legacy.”

Coming through the Vodafone Warriors’ development system, Lino debuted for the club’s National Youth Competition side in 2012.

“It’s tough leaving the club because it has been my home and I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had here but I’m also excited about what’s ahead for me,” he said.

Lino finished his NYC career with more than 500 points in 62 games from 2012-2014 and added another 65 matches and more than 400 points for the Intrust Super Premiership side since his debut in the grade in 2014.

He scored three tries in eight games at NRL level this year as an injury replacement for Shaun Johnson and Blake Green.