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Tottenham midfielder Mason hoping loan days are done

Ryan Mason admits the loan system has helped him develop as a footballer.

The 25-year-old midfielder has had a number of loan spells away from Tottenham Hotspur throughout his career having come through the North London club's youth academy.

Time spent with Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers (three loans), Millwall, in France with Lorient and Swindon Town has assisted Mason since 2009 and he feels it has been a key part of his development but is hoping temporary days away from White Hart Lane are behind as he searches for some continuity in the Spurs line-up.

“That's part of football," he told reporters.

“Some people have a route into the first team which is pretty straightforward but this day and age it's probably more regular for players at top clubs to go and get experience out on loan.

“I definitely feel it has helped me. I've had different experiences playing different styles of football and in different positions in the league.

“I thoroughly enjoyed all my loans and hopefully there's no more."

In terms of his expectations for the upcoming season, Mason is well aware that forcing his way into Mauricio Pochettino's already quality-laden midfield will be an enormous task in itself.

“When you are at Tottenham Hotspur, it's a massive club. In every position there's competition for places," he added.

“That can only improve the team and improve individuals as well."


Mason is in Melbourne with Tottenham for the 2016 International Champions Cup, proudly presented by Audi.

Spurs meet Spanish giants Atletico Madrid at the MCG in the third and final game on Friday night. Tickets are available HERE.

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