Arsenal are appointing Southend United goalkeeping coach Terry Mason as their new head of academy goalkeeping, according to reports.

Terry Mason (right) with Southend United (Photo via
Terry Mason (right) with Southend United (Photo via

Echo News first reported that Southend United goalkeeping coach Terry Mason was set to join Arsenal, after 15 years of involvement with the Shrimpers. The coach is reportedly highly rated and well respected.

The Evening Standard confirmed the news that Mason will join as the new head of academy goalkeeper. They add that Mason previously worked at Arsenal in the role of academy goalkeeping talent ID, and he’ll now return next month.

The former Southend goalkeeper coach has also worked with the England u18s in the past.

The Arsenal academy have a few promising goalkeeping prospects at the moment. The big names are Karl Hein and Arthur Okonkwo, if the club can tie Okonkwo down to a new deal. But there are plenty of others in behind.

Hubert Graczyk is one. He was playing for the England u18s in March, and he has two countries fighting over him after receiving a call-up for the Poland u19s this month. Then there’s Remy Mitchell, who only turned 17 in January but made his u18 debut in 2018.

So Mason has a good base of young goalkeepers to work with, and we hope he can get the best out of them.