O’Driscoll confident of re-signing Tottenham youngster Mason on loan

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TOTTENHAM Hotspurs youngster Ryan Mason looks set to join Doncaster Rovers on a long-term loan deal next season.

Although he didn’t start that many games, the England Under-19 attacking midfielder impressed whilst on loan with Rovers last season and manger Sean O’Driscoll is keen to bring him back to the Keepmoat Stadium.

“He’s in the last year of his contract and unless he signs a new one they (Spurs) would like to see him go out and play more games in the Championship,” he said.

“He’s done his bit for us and we would like to stick him into the team and give him a run, so he’s quite keen to do that, He’s still on tour with Tottenham at the minute, so were just waiting for him to get back. Hopefully he will join us towards the back end of pre-season.”

Meanwhile, Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly hopes that young striker Waide Fairhurst’s career will take-off following his move to League Two Macclesfield this week.

The 21-year-old found it hard to break into Rovers first team and made just a handful of starts.

Fairhurst, who joined the club’s youth set-up from Sheffield United’s academy, spent several successful spells on loan at lower league sides during his time at the club.

O’Kelly said: “It’s a good move for Wayne; he needs to play some football. We couldn’t guarantee him first-team football at the moment. Chris Brown has recently come in and that probably knocked him further down the the pecking order.

“Waide is ambitious and he showed an awful lot in pre-season so you hope that he goes off and does something.”

Brown, meanwhile has wasted little time in impressing O’Kelly.

“He’s only trained with us for a couple of days, as well as playing for half-an-hour at Mansfield on Tuesday night, but I like him already,” he said. “He knows what he is doing and he has got experience and a good understanding of the game.

“He’s behind the rest of the lads in terms of fitness - you can see that - so we’ve got to nurture him a little bit and keep working with him.”

O’Kelly hinted that the 26 year-old, who had done little organised fitness work during the summer prior to joining Rovers on a two-year deal last week, may not feature in Saturday’s game at Carlisle.

“We’ll see how he goes,” he said. “The important thing is to get him fit for the start of the season.”

The trialists who featured in the midweek victory at Mansfield were centre-half Declan Gallagher and midfielder Tijina Velaid.