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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Ryan Mason has told talkSPORT his is keen to begin a coaching career at former club Tottenham after hanging up his boots at the age of 26, saying – ‘Spurs is in my DNA’.
Mason announced his retirement from football on Tuesday, having been forced to give up the game after suffering a life-threatening head injury 13 months ago.
The midfielder, who came through Tottenham’s academy and joined Hull City in 2016, was hospitalised for over a week and left with 14 metal plates in his head after fracturing his skull in an accidental clash of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.
Mason was aiming for a miraculous comeback after what appeared to be a successful recovery, but revealed this week that he has been forced to retire on medical advice.
Speaking for the first time since Tuesday’s announcement, Mason said he has no regrets about the decision in a heartfelt interview with talkSPORT host Jim White.
“It’s been no secret that I’ve been 100 per cent determined to get back,” he said.
“But a few weeks ago I had a follow-up CT scan and it revealed a bit of an issue with the brain that wasn’t shown before. It’s not a risk I am willing to take because the chance of things developing later on in life went up.
“So I had that a couple of weeks ago and I’ve gone through that emotional side of it, of having to accept I won’t be playing again.
“I feel good about the situation now. The decision I have made was taken out of my hands, so I know I’m not going to regret anything further down the line.
“I’ve sought about ten specialists’ advice, but the risk was too high. To think about heading the ball if I needed to, it just wasn’t realistic. There wasn’t really a decision to make, it was a no-brainer.
“I have come to terms with it. There’s a lot of relief on my family’s part. Now I can look forward, and the next chapter of my life is going to be an exciting one.”
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