Jarrod Bowen is using Ryan Mason as an inspiration as Hull return to the ground where the midfielder's career was brought to a premature end.

Bowen taking inspiration from ‘top professional’ Mason

Bowen taking inspiration from ‘top professional’ Mason

Mason announced on Tuesday that the fractured skull he sustained 13 months ago after clashing heads with Chelsea's Gary Cahill would end his playing career.

The news of the popular former England and Tottenham midfielder's retirement has rocked Hull, whosefirst match since the 26-year-old's announcement will, coincidentally, be back at Stamford Bridge in an FA Cup fifth-round tie.

'When you see it, you just think it's a little clash of heads,' said forward Bowen, who was an unused substitute on the day of last January's incident.

'But then it started to get more serious.

'The medical team were shouted on, so then you realise that something is not right here.

'It affected the whole team. We were in at full-time asking how he is, for me especially when I was that age, I've never seen anything like that. It wasn't great.'

The clash of heads has ended Mason's career, yet his attitude since the incident has left team-mates in awe.

Mason spoke toHull's players ahead of Tuesday's announcement and Bowen has been blown away by the midfielder.

'It was inspirational,' the 21-year-old said. 'He gave a speech about how he felt the decision was right for him.

'Nobody likes to see a player at such a young age retire, he would have had a lot of time left to play.

'But he's achieved a lot in what a short space of time. He was gutted, we were all gutted.

'But he was saying on Tuesday, mainly to the young lads, keep enjoying it every day because that's the main thing.

'You've got to come in and enjoy it every day otherwise you are not in the right industry.'

Asked whether Mason's news came as a surprise, Bowen added: 'You never know. You never really want to step on toes and ask questions.

'We saw him every day, he's been training, he's been fit, happy and healthy. He looked good, but ultimately it's a decision he has got to make.

'He was out there every day, running more than we were running in training!

'Mase has been a top lad with me, I've spoken to him a lot. He's been good for my development. He's a top professional.

'I spoke to him on Tuesday night and I'm sure I will stay in contact with him as well. He said 'enjoy it, keep doing what you are doing, keep your attitude up'.'

Bowen hopes to have a chance to show his potential at Stamford Bridge on Friday, but knows boss Nigel Adkins will make changes to cope with Hull's lengthy list of absentees and frantic fixture schedule.

The forward would relish the chance to pit his wits against the reigning Premier League champions and continue a fine breakthrough season in which he has netted 13 goals and attracted admiring glances from other clubs.

'There is going to be speculation, I've got to come to terms with that,' Bowen said.

'There's going to be people watching, I think there are people watching everyone. But until anything concrete was set, I wasn't worried about that.

'Sometimes deadline day is a bit scary sometimes when you are looking at your phone when you are just chilled watching telly.

'But I wasn't thinking about it at all. I'm enjoying my football, I'm playing week in, week out.

'I'm only 21-years-old, so I just want to keep enjoying playing football at the moment.'