It’s the article we didn’t want to have to write, but we were expecting it at some point, as it was confirmed today that Paul Mullin has turned down the clubs contract offer. At this stage we don’t know where he will be going, but Mullin has not hidden the fact he was hoping to move back to the North West at some point.
U’s fans will remember Mullin for his stellar season which saw him score thirty-four goals (thirty-two in the League) to see him win the Golden Boot and League Two Player of the Season awards. He was also voted the clubs player of the season too. During this past season Mullin surpassed David Crown’s long-standing record for goals in a season, and had the honour of having the South Stand temporarily named after him.
It’s disappointing to see Paul leave, as a player he’d never scored more than ten goals in season before so it was hoped that he would be able to see that he flourished under Mark Bonner and alongside the likes of Wes Hoolahan and Joe Ironside who complemented his playing style perfectly. He will arrive at his new club with high expectations and the pressure that carries.
Paul writes himself into the history books at the Abbey and his status as a lockdown legend is confirmed – without his goals last season would have been very different.
His overall United record speaks for itself, 56 appearances, 36 goals over a season and a bit, it’s just a shame we weren’t able to see many of them in person.