Mason is called in by the Cavalry after Dons deal expires

The striker will move to Canada for next season

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 11:46 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 11:48 am
Joe Mason

Striker Joe Mason will return to North America when his Dons contract expires after he signed for Canadian side Cavalry FC.

The 29-year-old scored nine goals in 45 appearances for Dons, including a hat-trick earlier this season against Fleetwood Town. But with limited opportunities, he was not offered a new deal to remain next season.

Having played in the MLS in the USA for Colorado Rapids earlier in his career, Mason is no stranger to playing in North America and has penned a deal with Cavalry, based in Calgary in Canada, for next season.

Dons boss Russell Martin thanked Mason for his time at the club and felt it was a great move for the striker.

"We've been aware of it for a while with him," said Martin. "He was told he wasn't going to be offered a new contract a while ago.

"What a guy and footballer Joe is, it's just a shame we haven't got him on the pitch enough. He has been important for us, he's an excellent player, one of the best technically and one of the best finishers in the squad.

"He's looking for a fresh start and to enjoy something different. He's played in the MLS and really enjoyed it, and the Canadian Premier League is new, fresh and exciting. I spoke to the manager out there and he's really happy.

"I'm glad it's sorted and done and we wish him all the best. He's a really popular member of the squad."