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"I now have no option": Hull City star Ryan Mason opens up on heartbreaking decision to retire from football

Mirror logo Mirror 13/02/2018 Thomas Bristow
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Hull City star Ryan Mason has explained he was left with "no option" but to retire from football.

The 26-year-old has been out of action since he clashed heads with Gary Cahill in Hull's fixture against Chelsea in January 2017.

The former Spurs midfielder fractured his skull and had to undergo surgery.

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Mason has spent the past 13 months trying to battle his way back to fitness but has been forced to cut short his career due to medical advice.

The 26-year-old started his career with Spurs and had loan spells with the likes of Yeovil, Doncaster, Millwall and Swindon before joining Hull in 2016.

He won his sole England cap against Italy in March 2015.

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On Tuesday morning, the midfielder released a statement, he wrote: "I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football.

"I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch. Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury.

"I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017.

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"Thank you to my amazing fiancé, Rachel, who has been by my side and lived every single day with me since the injury, helping to give me the strength I’ve needed no matter how tough things got. We are so lucky to have now become the proud parents of our perfect baby boy George.

"To my Mum, Dad, sisters, and all of my family and close friends, thank you for everything. Despite how tough it’s been and the challenges I’ve faced along the way you’ve all been there supporting me and words will never truly do justice to how grateful I am for your love and support.

"I would like to thank everyone at Hull City, especially The Doc Mark Waller and all of the medical team for helping me to recover. Thank you to the Chairman and the board for being so patient with my recovery and sticking by me.

"There are too many names to mention when it comes to talking about Tottenham Hotspur but I would like to say a special thank you to John McDermott, the Gaffer and everybody at Spurs for helping me to achieve my dreams.

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"I am so proud to have come through the ranks to play for my club, the club I love. To have had the honour of captaining the team fills me with immense pride. Thank you to all of my teammates over the years, there are too many to mention, it’s been a privilege to play alongside you all.

"Finally, representing my country is an honour that nobody can ever take away from me and something that I am so proud to have achieved.

"I’m retiring from the game with my head held high having done everything in my power over these past 13 months to have given myself every opportunity to return to the pitch.

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"I feel content knowing that I dedicated my life to be able to play football at the highest level, hard work really does pay off!

"I love the game, I always will and I am excited to see where football will take me next."

Hull City also released a statement, which read: "It is with deep regret that the Club has to announce that, following the head injury suffered on 22nd January 2017, Ryan Mason is to retire from football with immediate effect.

"Ryan has sought the guidance of numerous world renowned neurologists and neuro surgeons who have all advised that a return to competitive football is not advised.

"Ryan would like to put on record his thanks to all at the Club who have aided his recovery to this point and he his is indebted to them for their support and compassion over the past 12 months."

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