MASON IN DARK OVER PARS FUTURE

Gary Mason admits the Dunfermline squad are still in limbo after being relegated.

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Gary Mason: Among those out of contract

Gary Mason: Among those out of contract

Gary Mason admits the Dunfermline squad are still in limbo after being relegated from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Monday following their 4-0 defeat at Hibernian.

The 32-year-old midfielder is one of 14 players out of contract this summer and manager Jim Jefferies will not meet the Pars board until Tuesday to discover plans and budgets for the First Division next season.

Mason trained alone during the summer of 2009 after being freed by St Mirren and before he was handed a short-term deal at Hamilton, and he knows he could be looking at a similar fate this year if shown the door.

However, in the meantime, he and his team-mates have to wait to see what their respective futures hold.

Speaking ahead of the last SPL game of the season against Kilmarnock at East End Park on Saturday, Mason said: "We are in limbo. A lot of the boys are out of contract and whatever the club decide to do is out of our hands, we have to wait and see what happens.

"I was involved in getting the team promoted which was nice but it shows you how things can turn around.

"It's hard to get out of your head what happened on Monday night. We didn't win enough games to stay up and it's not a nice thing, obviously, and the feeling is still stuck in my throat.

"But it's the reality and you have to deal with it and see what the future holds."

If given some good news by Jefferies next week, Mason vowed to give his all in the First Division next season in order to help the Fifers return to the SPL at the first time of asking.

"I have been here a number of years and had great times here, I have really enjoyed it," he said.

"It's obviously not nice when you get relegated but it's about how you bounce back.

"The First Division is never an easy league to get out of. It is a contrast to the SPL but that's where you want to play your football, you want to test yourself against the best.

"I'm sure young players coming through will think the same.

"The challenge is to get out first time of asking, that's the aim."

Mason insists there will be no problems with motivation against Killie, despite the fixture being meaningless.

He said: "We will give it everything we've got."

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