Goal-keeper Mason Springthorpe 21, has signed for the Club on a permanent deal following his release from Vanarama National League North side, AFC Telford United.

 

PROFILE -  Mason joined Premier League giants Everton for £125,000 from Shrewsbury Town in February 2011 - and spent a month on loan at Vanarama Premier side Woking in January 2014. After being released in the same year, he had a brief stint at Ellesmere Rangers before returning to the professional game by signing for League One Fleetwood Town earlier this year and released at the end of the season - then joining AFC Telford United.

You can follow Mason on his social network account Twitter, HERE - https://twitter.com/Masonspringy94 

PICTURED BELOW - Mason in action for Vics' at Hyde United in September.

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Mason's signing is a fantastic addition to the playing squad and he put in some excellent performances for us in his initial loan spell; playing in six games - and kept three clean sheets in those. Since signing permanently, Mason played in all five games from the Marine AFC F.A Cup tie, keeping a hugely impressive four clean sheets in those matches, which included two shut-outs Vs Vanarama National League North side Chorley F.C.

 

PICTURED - Mason in action for Everton U-21's where he was also included in the first team squad on three occasions; twice in the Premier League and once in the F.A Cup.

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After putting pen to paper on a permanent deal with the Vics'; Mason was interviewed by Jamie Dewsbury -

Welcome to the Club (again) Mason, and now full-time. You have done well in your loan spell, in a successful season for the Club so far. Also, you have settled in really well in what is a very happy and united group of players.

 

I have loved my time with the Club enormously ever since day one. Everybody from the staff to the supporters' have been very welcoming and positive. Yes Jamie - the team have had some great results and wins so far this season - but the main aim is to get promotion. With the ability on the pitch of this squad; alongside the team-spirit and togetherness in the dressing room - I believe we can achieve our goal. Playing under (manager) Jim Gannon was another huge pull to make my stay permanent here; his coaching experience and what he's achieved in his managerial career speaks for itself.

 

Manager Jim Gannon on Mason's loan spell being made permanent -

It is great to welcome Mason aboard full-time. We have a very capable young goal-keeper in Dane Smith and it was great for us to have Russell Griffiths on loan at the start of the season but we have been searching for another goal-keeper who will provide strength in this area over the remainder of the season - and after watching Mason's contribution over the last several weeks on loan; we are confident that his addition significantly strengthens an important area of the team.  
I also feel the move is a great step for Mason as it is obvious from his background that he has great potential which hasn't been fulfilled. Unfortunately the move to Telford FC and a lack of first team opportunities didn't allow him to progress or develop as a player. You could see that shortage in match-fitness and self-confidence in Mason's first game for us but I feel he has improved with every game and look forward to him developing into a very capable goal-keeper at this level and potentially higher again.