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Mason: Rovers striving for more

31 August 2018

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Niall Mason says his teammates are always striving for more despite a good start to their second campaign back in Sky Bet League One.

Rovers travel to early league leaders Peterborough United on Saturday, looking to end the Posh’s great start to the season, and Mason believes the way Grant McCann has got the side playing will only see them improve as both individuals and as a team.

“We feel like we’ve started reasonably well, and defensively I think we have been quite solid, we’ve done well going forward too, but we have to make sure now that we take more of the chances we create, and we can be right up there,” he said.

“He’s asked me to make sure that I keep pushing myself, he wants his full backs to be very aggressive, very attack-minded, but we haven’t kept three clean sheets through that, we have to get back as well, and my intensity personally has doubled on last season already.

“We cover a lot of ground as a team, everyone has a lot of responsibility within the system that we play, it’s a very attacking style of football that we play, and the way the manager has been with us will only improve us all.”

Should Mason make an appearance in the weekend’s trip to the ABAX Stadium, it will be his 100th appearance in all competitions in a Rovers shirt, and he reflected fondly on his time with the club.

“I’m only 21 but it’s a big achievement for myself to rack up that many appearances for the club, my time at the club has flown by, it doesn’t seem like long ago that I was signing here on loan having just turned 19, it feels like no time at all,” he added.

“I’ve had some great moments with the club already, such as those couple games leading up to the promotion, the win at Grimsby then the one at home to seal it against Mansfield, then Arsenal away last year and scoring my first goals, so there’s been some great highlights.

“My dad told me after the Blackpool game that it would be the big one coming up if I played at the weekend, I didn’t even realise myself, but that will be a good milestone for me if I get selected to play on Saturday.”

Rovers are back in action at the Keepmoat Stadium when Newcastle United U21 visit in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday September 4. Book your place now at

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