Boss wants Mason back

Ryan Mason: 'We could work the team around him,' says manager Sean O'Driscoll.           Picture: Steve Taylor
Ryan Mason: 'We could work the team around him,' says manager Sean O'Driscoll. Picture: Steve Taylor
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DONCASTER Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll will be keeping an eye on developments at White Hart Lane in the coming weeks regarding the future of teenage midfielder Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason.

Mason missed Rovers last game of the season at Middlesbrough after picking up an ankle injury in training and is now back at the Premiership club after spending the 2010-11 campaign on loan at the club.

The 19 year-old missed most of the first half of the season with a back problem, but still impressed O’Driscoll during his time at the club and he is a player that he admits he would like to see back at the club next season.

“Ryan’s got another year on his contract at Spurs so they are going to assess him during pre-season,” said the Doncaster boss.

“But if somebody asked me if I’d like Ryan Mason the answer would be yes.

“We’ll speak to Spurs and see what the situation is but Ryan is a London boy and it would be a big wrench were he to come up here on a permanent basis.”

“We’d been dying to play him for a long time but because of the situation we were in, where staying in the division was the more important, we didn’t,

“He’s only a slight player but he’s a technical player.

If you looked at the team sheet sometimes the opposition had players at 6ft 3in or 6ft 4in tall and free-kicks and crosses are the things which cause us most problems, so you tend to put another header in the team.

“But we needed to win, or at least pick up a point when we went to Barnsley so we knew that we had to score goals so he came in because of that and he did well.

“It had been a long time since we’d last started him and we wish that we could have done it earlier.

“Ryan needs to play and if he did come here next season we couldn’t use him as a bit part player.

“He needs to go somewhere where he is going to play regularly because that is the only way you are going to develop him.

“If we knew that we could get him, and we got him early, then we could sort of work the team around him rather than him trying to fit in.”