Peterborough United have completed the signing of Niall Mason according to their official website.
Mason has penned a two year deal with Posh having been sacked by Doncaster in January this year after admitting an act of assault in a much publicised incident.
The full-back helped Doncaster to promotion from League Two in the 2017-18 season after being handed his debut by Darren Ferguson and was a regular in the first half of last term before departing the Keepmoat Stadium following his well-documented off-the-pitch incident.
Despite his issues off the field, now Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson says that Mason deserves a second chance.
“This could be viewed as a controversial signing given what happened to him earlier this year. Obviously the boy has made a massive mistake, but I do believe he deserves another chance. He has admitted he has made a mistake. He had poor advice from his legal team, which is something he is aware of, but clearly as a club, we feel we can move on from it.”
Having worked with him previously, Ferguson doesn’t believe that the incident represents Mason’s true character and praised his new signing.
“He can play in a number of different positions, technically good with both feet and he was ‘Mr Consistent’ at Doncaster.”
One of the main attributes of Mason which endeared him to Ferguson was his versatility. He can play as a centre back, left back, right back or in midfield.
Despite his past mistakes the 22-year-old has said he wants to resurrect his career and prove himself: “I made a big mistake in my life and the reason for the plea at court was off the back of advice from my legal team, which they really got wrong. I am upset about what happened, but it is now about trying to move on and looking to the future. I have joined a really good club and I can’t wait to get started.”