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Mason optimistic

7 December 2016

Defender happy to play wherever he is needed to help the team

Since joining Doncaster Rovers, Aston Villa loanee Niall Mason has been a big part of Darren Ferguson’s defensive plans. 

The 19-year-old, who made his debut on the opening day of the season against Accrington Stanley, has played a big part in Rovers reaching the top of Sky Bet League Two. 

The youngster is happy to play wherever he is needed to help the team. 

“Playing full-back is quite new to me to be honest but I’ve enjoyed playing there,” said  Mason.

“The last couple of seasons I have been playing centre-back in the U23s league and when I was in the youth team I was playing in the central midfield role when I was at Southampton.

“If I can get one or two positions that I can play all the time, I can flutter about the field wherever I’m needed, so getting a couple of positions under my belt will help me out.”

Mason agreed with manager Darren Ferguson that the term performed poorly in the opening half.

“The manager spoke to us at half-time and we played at a much higher tempo in the second period,” he said.

“We feel that the first half let us down massively, they were getting first to everything including the second balls.

“They played at a higher tempo than us in the first but in the second half, if we play like that from the start that would have given us a real chance of winning the game.”

Mason is on loan at Rovers until January, and would be happy to extend his stay further.

“I would love to stay here and I’ve been asked this before, but it’s up to the clubs - at the moment it is looking positive but that’s all I can say for now,” he added.

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