NEWS: Mason retires

Ryan Mason has announced his retirement from football.

The 26 year old England midfielder, whom City signed for £10m from Tottenham in the summer of 2016, has been advised by neurologists to put his health first, little more than a year after he suffered a fractured skull in a Premier League game at Chelsea.

Despite a lot of hard work, therapy and the development of bespoke protective headgear for his impending return, Mason has today called time on his career after just 20 senior appearances for City.

He came through the ranks at Spurs, making 70 first team appearances for the club while also going on a large number of loans as the battle for places in the senior side got harder. Eventually he managed to establish himself enough to receive a solitary England cap in 2015, playing the last 15 minutes of a friendly against Italy. He joined City the following year and hooked up with ex-teammates Jake Livermore, Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson in doing so.

Mason’s injury was especially horrific in nature, coming early in a televised game against Chelsea in January 2017 when he and Gary Cahill both leapt high for the same ball. Mason needed a lot of care and treatment on the pitch before he was very gingerly stretchered off, and players from both sides struggled to refocus after witnessing what had happened. Tabloid speculation about the midfielder’s life being in danger proved unhelpful, and eventually a complicated fractured skull was diagnosed which required surgery.

Needless to say, we wish him well for the future.

3 replies
  1. Jimmy Weekly
    Jimmy Weekly says:

    Feel very sorry for Ryan. What a loss to the game. He was bought as our record signing, an England international who would represent a step-up in class for a Hull City team hoping to kick on in the Premier League. His debut goal at Stoke in September 2016 was a classy glimpse of what he had to offer. How quickly things have changed for him and for the club. All the best Ryan.

  2. Kirk
    Kirk says:

    Have we got a curse when it comes to big signings getting injured? Mason, Snodgrass, Bullard, Hernandez (seems to be injured more often than not) etc. Sad news that Mason had to retire so early though.

  3. Richard pearson
    Richard pearson says:

    A professional footballer’s career is short enough. When a career is ended as Ryan’s has been it is truly sad. We all wish him every success for a future he now has to plan for. Hopefully he will find that future compensates for this huge disappointment. Thanks Ryan and the best for your future.

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