THE first blast of the ref’s whistle and the applause he got when going off, were sweet music to the ears of Rotherham United defender Johnny Mullins yesterday.
It’s over five months since his Millers career was put on hold by a serious knee injury suffered in training.
Now, ahead of schedule, he is back in action, delighted with his first 70 minutes in the reserves’ 5-1 win over Port Vale at Parkgate and looking forward to the next outing!
“It was just so good getting back out there,” said Mullins, who joined the Millers from Stockport last Summer and chalked up 39 appearances before suffering a torn patella in April. It’s been a lot of hard work and I’m so grateful to (head physio) Denis Circuit for all he’s done and people who’ve helped me,” he said.
“And that goes for the wife too with what she’s had to put up with,” he laughed. “The initial estimate was out until October so it’s great being ahead of schedule and great tribute to the work that’s been put in with me.
“Yes, I was a bit nervous beforehand but I just wanted to get out there, get that first header, get that first challenge in. I was blowing a bit but the other lads were great and helped me through it,” added the defender who is now looking forward to the reserves next outing at Hull next week.
“I want to get through that and I’m targetting the Sheffield United game on October 4 although I suppose the gaffer will having something to say on that,” he chuckled.
Chris Holroyd scored four and Mark Bradley’s the other as Rotherham opened their campaign in their four-team Group stage of the Reserves League Cup. Stephen Jordan, with the Blades last season, started at left back. Without a club, he has been training with the Millers and will get another game next week.
Millers Res: Warrington; Royles, Mullins (McKay 70), Brown, Jordan; Bradley, Taylor (Woods 75), Foster, Pringle; Holroyd, Foltym-Brown. Unused: Hall, Beedham, Thompson.