But Joe Mason is now looking to cast the devil out of his failed title challenge with Cavalry FC next week – as the Canadian Premier League kicks off.
The 30-year-old is looking to continue his prolific form for the Calgary-based side, after a promising inaugural season, but ended up being unsuccessful in Canada last term.
After being released from MK Dons at the end of the 2020-21 season, the centre-forward crossed the Atlantic for the second time in his career – and got into action.
Of his 14 appearances during his first season in the red, he scored seven goals, which saw the Cavs lose their top spot in the league on goal difference.
Many would think this would put them in good stead for the play-offs to determine the division champion.
However, a 2-1 loss to third-placed Pacific FC after extra time meant the former Cardiff man’s productive spell ended without a trophy.
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This may come as a surprise to Fratton supporters, given his poor loan spell at Fratton Park during the 2018-19 campaign.
Mason’s struggles in League One continued in the next two seasons at MK Dons.
The former Republic of Ireland youth international scored nine goals in 45 appearances in all of his appearances for the Dons.
However, that difficulty was seen behind him as he looked the better of the season and lifted the championship for the Cavalry.
The former Bolton loanee is expected to feature when they play Atletico in their season opener next Saturday, before further trips to Forge and York United.
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