Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has retired at the age of 26, according to the club’s official website.
He sustained a serious head injury in Hull City’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 22nd January 2017 which resulted in him fracturing his skull. He has been advised by numerous world renowned neurologists and neuro surgeons.
He has been trying to return to the game over the past 12 months but based on the advice he has received, his health has to come first. This is a real shame for Ryan Mason, his family and friends and Hull City.
Mason joined Hull City for £13 million last summer from Tottenham Hotspur. The once capped England midfielder started his career at Spurs and spent 16 years with them. He had loans spells at Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Loreint and Swindon Town before breaking into the Spurs first-team.
However, Hull managed to lure him to the KCOM Stadium ahead of their Premier League season last summer under Mike Phelan. Mason started his Hull career well and scored twice for the Tigers, one coming in the League Cup against Stoke City and the other against AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League.
His head injury was caused by a collision with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and was life threatening. He has been on the road to recovery but there was always doubts as to whether it would be safe to return to competitive football. We would like to wish Ryan Mason for his future, whether in or out of football.