Hull City’s Ryan Mason has this Tuesday announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 26 after sustaining a head injury against Chelsea last year.
After a collision with Gary Cahill left Mason with a fractured skull in the side’s January 2017 clash, the former Tottenham man has revealed that he will not be returning to action in a statement.
Mason’s statement read:
“I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football.
“I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch. Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury.
“I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017.
“Thank you to my amazing fiancé, Rachel, who has been by my side and lived every single day with me since the injury, helping to give me the strength I’ve needed no matter how tough things got. We are so lucky to have now become the proud parents of our perfect baby boy George.”
Supporters of Hull, Spurs and others have been paying tribute to Mason this Tuesday morning after the news was announced.
— Sian (@sianbrown19) February 13, 2018
Wishing you all the best in the future @RyanMason ??
— Michael Pattison (@Pattison_17) February 13, 2018
Sorry to hear this very sad news, all the very best to Ryan and his family for the future
— Andrew (@andytofton) February 13, 2018
Ryan Mason forced to retire. Absolutely gutted for him. #YNWA mate
— Yash shah (@YASH1798) February 13, 2018
Others have taken the opportunity to remember his best moments, including his former club sharing this incredible strike:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 13, 2018
Also doing the rounds is this acrobatic effort in an EFL Cup game last season in Hull’s 2-1 win over Stoke.