Academy graduate Mason Bennett only turned 18 in July 2014, but already he has been on the first-team scene at Derby County for a number of years.
The powerful striker is tipped for a promising future in professional football and has broken a number of Derby’s club records in the last few years.
He was named on the substitute's bench for the Rams' 3-2 Carling Cup defeat to Shrewsbury Town in August 2011 and although he didn't get on, he didn't have to wait too much longer to make his first team bow and make history.
At just 15 years and 99 days old Bennett became Derby’s youngest ever player when he was named in the starting line-up in a 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough in October 2011. He hit the crossbar at the Riverside Stadium and impressed with a lively display in attack - but it wasn't a surprise to the Rams' coaching staff after an impressive run of form for Derby's Under-18s.
He made nine first-team appearances in total by the end of the campaign, as well as eight during the 2012/13 season and became Derby County’s youngest-ever goalscorer when he scored the first-ever goal of his career in a 5-0 FA Cup Third Round home win over Tranmere Rovers in January 2013.
At the age of 17 he scored his first-ever league goal in September 2013 to round off the scoring in Derby’s 5-1 win at Millwall, in 15 first-team appearances. He also spent time on loan at League 2 Chesterfield to gain vital experience, and came off the bench at Wembley Stadium in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final against Peterborough United in April 2014.
Mason has represented England at Under-16 , Under-17 and Under-19 level to continue his development.