Cardiff City's loan star Joe Mason bids farewell to Bolton Wanderers

ONE OF THE GANG Joe Mason celebrates after scoring against Watford with Neil Danns, left and Lukas Jutkiewicz

ONE OF THE GANG Joe Mason celebrates after scoring against Watford with Neil Danns, left and Lukas Jutkiewicz

First published in Sport

JOE Mason runs out in a Wanderers shirt for the final game of his second loan spell against Barnsley today with team-mates knowing he will leave a big hole when he leaves.

The 22-year-old heads back to Cardiff City after the visit of the Tykes following a successful second stint at the Reebok that has harvested five goals – two in his last two outings at Huddersfield and Doncaster.

It is scoring form that has shown fans what he is capable of after an indifferent first spell with the Whites gleaned just one goal from eight games.

Since returning he has scored five in the same number of outings and Wanderers skipper Jay Spearing and fellow Liverpudlian Neil Danns will be sorry to see the young forward depart.

Spearing said: “Joe is going to be a massive loss for us when he goes back.

“He has been with us on loan twice and done great each time.”

Danns added: “Joe has done a fantastic job and puts defenders on the back foot with his runs.

“He is a big loss to any team and the boys appreciate his work rate and effort since he came here.”

After coming off the bench to net a stoppage-time winner at Huddersfield a week ago, Mason was handed a recall to the starting XI in midweek and was again on the scoresheet – a clinical shot on the turn proving to be the difference in the end at Doncaster after Danns’ opener.

He had several other chances to add to that account as Paul Dickov’s men struggled to contain his movement and Spearing says the finish was typical of the player he has been delighted to play alongside.

And he knows he is just as capable of signing off with another goal today.

The Whites captain said: “I said to him before the (Doncaster) game to just shoot when he has a chance because he has a good eye for goal and thankfully he showed that again.

“Out of all the chances he had, it was possibly the hardest one that he took.”

Whether Wanderers will see Mason again next season depends on current club Cardiff and their situation with regards whether they are still in the Premier League.

But whatever the future holds for the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 striker, Spearing believes it will be a bright one.

He added: “He’s a young lad with plenty of time to learn and will kick on.

“If he keeps playing like he has done for us there will be a lot of clubs interested in him.”

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11:14am Sat 12 Apr 14

stevethewanderer says...

Simple...... sign him up ! Young hungry and fits well in the team as does the duke ! it's a no brainer
Send gartside out on loan preferably a long one as we all know what will happen...... please prove me wrong
Simple...... sign him up ! Young hungry and fits well in the team as does the duke ! it's a no brainer Send gartside out on loan preferably a long one as we all know what will happen...... please prove me wrong stevethewanderer
  • Score: 6

11:28am Sat 12 Apr 14

Beyond News Forum says...

I hope we can sign Juke and Joe - it is apt that their initials spell JJ.

I hope that the FFP rules are sacked off by the end of this season as the FFP is a disaster for many clubs in the Championship and builds a massive divide between clubs, bigger than the Premiership clubs in perspective.

Sign them up... lol how long has Gartside got on his contract btw Steve??? LMAO
I hope we can sign Juke and Joe - it is apt that their initials spell JJ. I hope that the FFP rules are sacked off by the end of this season as the FFP is a disaster for many clubs in the Championship and builds a massive divide between clubs, bigger than the Premiership clubs in perspective. Sign them up... lol how long has Gartside got on his contract btw Steve??? LMAO Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 4

1:24pm Sat 12 Apr 14

stevethewanderer says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
I hope we can sign Juke and Joe - it is apt that their initials spell JJ.

I hope that the FFP rules are sacked off by the end of this season as the FFP is a disaster for many clubs in the Championship and builds a massive divide between clubs, bigger than the Premiership clubs in perspective.

Sign them up... lol how long has Gartside got on his contract btw Steve??? LMAO
He's milked his contract dry for so long bnf time for a long overdue change !
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: I hope we can sign Juke and Joe - it is apt that their initials spell JJ. I hope that the FFP rules are sacked off by the end of this season as the FFP is a disaster for many clubs in the Championship and builds a massive divide between clubs, bigger than the Premiership clubs in perspective. Sign them up... lol how long has Gartside got on his contract btw Steve??? LMAO[/p][/quote]He's milked his contract dry for so long bnf time for a long overdue change ! stevethewanderer
  • Score: 5

1:25pm Sat 12 Apr 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

He will be missed we need most of the loan signings to become permanent if we are to have a chance of promotion next year
He will be missed we need most of the loan signings to become permanent if we are to have a chance of promotion next year steverock6@sky.com
  • Score: 6

10:01pm Sat 12 Apr 14

crazyoldme says...

If we dont sign Juke and Mason, then we have no hope next season.
If we dont sign Juke and Mason, then we have no hope next season. crazyoldme
  • Score: 3

11:05am Sun 13 Apr 14

owencoyle99 says...

crazyoldme wrote:
If we dont sign Juke and Mason, then we have no hope next season.
Playing the team Freeman put out yesterday we will certainly struggle next season

I always though that if you have a winning team stick with it - not change it

The quality of football yesterday was certainly very poor and not entertaining
[quote][p][bold]crazyoldme[/bold] wrote: If we dont sign Juke and Mason, then we have no hope next season.[/p][/quote]Playing the team Freeman put out yesterday we will certainly struggle next season I always though that if you have a winning team stick with it - not change it The quality of football yesterday was certainly very poor and not entertaining owencoyle99
  • Score: 1

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