Cardiff City striker Joe Mason ready to play waiting game

Joe Mason
Mason has represented the Republic of Ireland at U-19 and U-21 level

Striker Joe Mason says he is ready to bide his time in order to secure a starting place in Cardiff City's first team.

Mason came off the bench to score Cardiff's second half winner against Nottingham Forest in the Championship.

The 20-year-old has made five league starts this season but has mostly been a substitute for the Bluebirds

"It's not frustrating because I know the players that are playing are top quality," he said.

"I'm just happy to come off the bench and get a goal like I did today.

"It's always nice to score, especially as a striker, and to get the win was a bonus."

The goal was Mason's fourth goal in his last six appearances for Cardiff, who extended their unbeaten league run to seven games.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international joined the Bluebirds from Plymouth Argyle on a three-year deal during the summer.

"I'm loving it here," Mason told BBC Sport Wales.

"On and off the pitch it's going well for me. All the lads have been brilliant with me and the fans are amazing," he said.

"Everyone's very happy. There's no cliques in the group, everyone's as one. I think that helps especially with the younger lads.

"All the older pros are trying to help us everyday in training and it's a really good atmosphere to be part of.

"The manager's [Malky Mackay] got a really good reputation for bringing on young players."

Despite a summer of upheaval which saw Mackay appointed manager and eleven players recruited, Mason says Cardiff are now realistic promotion hopefuls.

"It's took time to gel but we're starting to show it now I think," added Mason.

"It's a massive club and in the last few years they've been getting to the play-offs and not quite making it.

"This year the work ethic's amazing and we want to get past that final hurdle this time.

"But we're not going to get carried away - it's not even half way through the season yet.

"We've got to concentrate on ourselves and try and get as many points as we can."

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