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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Bolton Wanderers: Played For Both Clubs - Joe Mason

A look at the career of former Bolton and new Wolves player Joe Mason.

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Ahead of tonight's game at Molineux, we're going to take a look at the career of their newest striker and former Wanderer, Joe Mason.

Joe Mason, born 13th May 1991, began his career with hometown club Plymouth Argyle at the age of 10. He signed his first professional contract with the club in May 2009, and immediately set about breaking into the club's first team, describing becoming a professional as a very proud moment.

Mason spent two seasons with Plymouth, scoring 10 goals in 55 games, However, Plymouth suffered back-to-back relegation, slipping from the Championship to League 2.

Subsequently, Mason moved to Championship side Cardiff City for a fee of £250,000.

Mason's first season at the Cardiff City stadium was a successful one. Under the stewardship of manager Malky Mackay, Cardiff finished 6th in the league, and also reached the final of the League Cup, where they faced Liverpool. Despite Mason opening the scoring, Cardiff eventually lost on penalties. In total in his debut season for Cardiff, Joe Mason scored 12 goals in 46 games.

Mason didn't feature as frequently in the 2012/2013 season, as Cardiff were promoted to the Premier League as Champions. After not featuring at all in Cardiff's 2013/2014 Premier League campaign, Mason moved to Bolton Wanderers in November 2013 on loan.

Mason was reunited with Cardiff teammate Kevin McNaughton, and made his debut in a league defeat against Middlesbrough at The Riverside. A week later, Mason made first start and scored his first goal for Bolton in a 3-0 win against Doncaster Rovers at The Reebok. After his two month loan expired, Mason went back to Cardiff, only to return to Bolton in February 2014.

In total for Bolton in the 2013/2014 season, Joe Mason scored six goals in 17 games. He also formed a somewhat admirable partnership with fellow loanee Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Joe Mason then returned to Bolton on a season long loan. His third spell didn't go to plan, and the loan was cut short in January 2015 following the appointment of Neil Lennon.

However, Mason will probably be best remembered at Bolton for scoring the club's first hat trick in over twelve years. Way back in 2002, Fredi Bobic scored a hat trick in a 4-1 win against Ipswich Town that secured Bolton's survival in the Premier League.

Mason's wasn't as important, but still a great achievement. Mason scored all three goals as Bolton won 3-2 at home against Rotherham United in September 2014. It was the Whites' first win of the season.

In total for Bolton, Joe Mason scored 10 goals in 33 games.

Mason returned to Cardiff, scoring five goals in the 2015/2016 season, before moving to tonight's opponents Wolverhapton Wanderers to replace another former Wanderer, Benik Afobe. The fee was reported to be around £3 million.

It looks like Joe Mason will make his Wolves debut against Bolton tonight. Following the move to Molineux, Mason spoke fondly of his time at Bolton, stating:

"My first game is against Bolton where I have played on loan – it is funny how things work out," said the 24-year-old.

"It is a shame where they are in the league and what is going on off the pitch but I am looking to impress with my new team and hopefully get one over on them.

"I really enjoyed it up there at Bolton.

"I was working under Dougie Freedman and had some productive spells there and got a few goals.

"And the fans were great to me.