Joe Mason can improve with Cardiff City - Malky Mackay

Joe Mason
Joe Mason celebrates his goal against Leeds United.

Cardiff City striker Joe Mason is improving thanks to help from experienced players at the club, according to boss Malky Mackay.

Mason, 20, recently agreed an extension to his contract that will keep him at the Cardiff City Stadium until 2016.

And Bluebirds boss Mackay says the forward, who scored his 12th of the season against Leeds, will get better.

"The likes of the older more experienced players have talked to him and helped him," said Mackay.

"They see the potential that's there.

"Him and Kenny (Miller) have shown a good little partnership."

Mason joined the Bluebirds from Plymouth Argyle in July 2011, initially signing a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international's goals have helped Cardiff to within reach of a play-off spot, with the Bluebirds needing just a point from their final league game to confirm their place in the top six.

Mason, who has started 26 games for Cardiff this season, also scored against Liverpool in the 2012 Carling Cup final and boss Mackay says the forward is determined to build on his progress.

"He's tied himself to the club and feels this is the place he can grow as a person and a player," said Mackay, who signed Mason during a summer of squad rebuilding at the Cardiff City Stadium.

"He's worked hard with the coaches and the staff this season to come up to Championship standard and build himself up and keep working on his game."

Mason showed against Leeds that he can also hold the ball up and bring team-mates into play, and Mackay wants the young forward to continue working on his game.

"It's something we've talked to him about and it's something that the older he gets the stronger he'll get, he can only get better as far as that's concerned," added Mackay.

"Then you become someone that can take it in as well as going beyond and that then is a player who has real strength.

"As I say he's got good players around about him and he's got players who are trying to help him."