DONCASTER Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll never made any secret of the fact that he was keen to secure the services of Spurs’ prospect Ryan Mason on loan next season.
The 20 year-old former England Under-19 international impressed the Rovers’ management in the closing weeks of the season after they elected to start with him in their battle against relegation.
“Hopefully I can get a few more opportunities this season,” said the London-based player.
“The gaffer and Rich (O’Kelly) were keen to get me back and they showed a lot of interest so it was a no brainer to come back up here.
“I enjoyed it last season; it was a good experience. I like the way the team play and I’m hoping to get as much game time as possible.”
Mason made his seasonal debut for Rovers in Friday’s final warm-up against Grimsby at Blundell Park and it was as if he’d never been away.
“I thought I fitted in quite well,” he said, “I knew most of the lads from last season so it wasn’t a problem at all.
“There were also quite a few new players and I was very impressed with them. I think the club needed to add to their squad and hopefully improve the competition for places.”
Prior to moving to Rovers on loan, the midfielder/striker, due to be out of contract at the end of the forthcoming season, signed a new two-year deal with the Premier League club.
But with Mason not expected to feature in manager Harry Rednapp’s immediate first-team plans, the Spurs’ boss was happy to let him return to Rovers on loan.
Although Rovers are reported to have secured Mason’s services for the season, the player understands that the situation will be reviewed in January.
“If I’m playing here then obviously I’d want to stay,” he told The Star,
Rovers used Mason more as an attacking midfielder than a striker last season.
“I’ll play anywhere as long as I’m on the pitch,” he said.
Mason has yet to get off the mark in Rovers’ colours - something he is anxious to put right.
“Usually I’m a goal-scorer but I didn’t get any last season,” he said.
Mason is aware that he has joined a club tipped by a number of bookies to go down.
“We’ve got to worry about ourselves and not really worry about what other people are saying against about us,” he said.
Mason, likely to play in the opening game of the season at Brighton on Saturday, is expecting a tough match.
He said: “It is a new ground and all the lads are expecting a good game and I can’t wait. It will be a great game; they try and play football as well.
“It’s important to try and get off to a good start, but there are so many tough games in a season that I wouldn’t put too much pressure on it.”