By Russell Edge

Aston Villa have confirmed that defender Niall Mason has agreed a move to Doncaster Rovers on a permanent deal.

The club’s official website informed fans of the 20-year-old’s departure, who never made an appearance for the first team.

Mason had spent the season on loan at Doncaster, going on to make over 40 appearances for the League 2 promotion winning side, and it was decided that the move should be made permanent.

Mason arrived at Villa Park from Southampton in 2015 following a trial, but his contract was set to expire in the summer.

He did manage to make an appearance on the substitutes’ bench in the Villans Premier League clash with West Ham in February 2016.

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Steve Bruce will not be losing too much sleep over the departing Mason as he prepares for a promotion battle next season. A young defender, he obviously had not done enough to convince the manager to give him a new deal. It means that Bruce will have a little bit more money to spend in the transfer window and is a name off of the wage bill. Mason is likely to be among many more names to leave Villa Park this summer as Bruce looks to bring in his own recruits and create a team that can win promotion to – and survive – in the Premier League. It’s set to be another exciting summer for Villa fans.  

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have entered a four-way race to sign this £5m-rated Championship colossus. 

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