Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason announced his retirement from professional football on Tuesday, and fans of his former club Tottenham Hotspur were quick to react to the news on Twitter.
The 26-year-old was forced to call time on his career, having failed to recover from a fractured skull in a collision with Gary Cahill, in a match with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in January 2017.
The midfielder broke through as a senior player at Spurs and was given his debut under boss Mauricio Pochettino, and went on to play for a number of seasons in the Premier League, as well as earning national honours for England.
After graduating at the Tottenham academy to make his first start for the club in 2014, he went on to make 69 appearances in all competitions before making the move to Hull City.
He then featured in a further 17 matches in the Premier League for the Tigers, before that fateful incident 13 months ago, which we now know was the final match of his career.
As well as playing for so long in the top division, Mason was regularly touted for a call up to the England set up. Eventually that came in March 2015, when he won his one and only cap for his country.
Although he was working hard to try and make a comeback from his horror injury, the midfielder has finally given in to professional medical advice, and made the announcement that he is retiring from the sport.
It remains to be seen whether Mason will remain in football in some way, but already Pochettino has stated that the door is open for his former player to return to White Hart Lane in a coaching capacity.
Time will tell whether that offer is taken up but in the meantime plaudits ploughed in for the retiring star from Spurs fans.
Here is the pick of their reactions:
— Keith Bone (@KeithBone316) February 13, 2018
Gutted to hear about Mason. Role model player, hopefully Spurs can find him a role at the club. #thfc
— Joval Aubee (@JayAubee) February 13, 2018
— JÆ. (@JaeDavies23) February 13, 2018
— Jay (@Aloob007) February 13, 2018
#THFC here's wishing Ryan Mason a good life away from football.Thanks for the memories.
— Peter Cooper (@TwitatGolf) February 13, 2018
— Joel Jansen D. (@joeljansend) February 13, 2018
Terribly sad news that Ryan Mason has to retire from football after that head injury he picked up at Stamford Bridge
May have been wearing a Hull shirt at the time but still definitely one of our own
— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) February 13, 2018
— Ellie Shepherd💜✨ (@ellieshep_thfc) February 13, 2018
— Christian (@entercm) February 13, 2018
— Paul B (@Pablo6005) February 13, 2018