Mason leaves Whitby

Lee Mason has left Whitby Town. Picture: Brian Murfield
Lee Mason has left Whitby Town. Picture: Brian Murfield
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Lee Mason has left Whitby Town after more than two years at the club.

The former Blyth Spartans man has signed for Northern League side North Shields, after Blues boss Chris Hardy confirmed on Tuesday evening that the midfielder had departed the Turnbull Ground.

“I haven’t seen an awful lot of Lee since I came to the club as he is one of the players who is based a bit of a way outside of the area,” Hardy told the Whitby Gazette.

“He’s one who has struggled at times to make the training commitments that I’m asking of the players.

“We’re now going to twice-weekly training and the lads who can’t make it to every session aren’t considered for match days in the same way as those who do attend.

“Going forward, it’s something I need to tighten up on. I need to try and make sure that all the players in the squad are in a position where they are available for all training sessions and games.”

Mason was signed from Blyth by Darren Williams early in the 2013/14 season and went on to make 102 appearances for Town, netting on 16 occasions.

He made his debut from the substitutes’ bench in a 3-0 away win at Trafford in September 2013, while his last outing in a Blues shirt was also as a substitute, in the 86th minute of the 1-1 home draw with Frickley on December 28.