Mullins ready for hostile County return

VERSATILE defender Johnny Mullins is bracing himself for a hot reception when he returns to Edgeley Park tomorrow night.

Mullins spent two years at Stockport County before agreeing a two-year deal to join Rotherham United last summer.

He is expecting some flak from the Hatters' supporters as Ronnie Moore's side target a sixth win in seven League Two outings.

Mullins told The Star: "It won't bother me one little bit if I get a little bit of stick. I can take it if it comes my way.

"I got on really well with the fans but I know some of them were disappointed that I didn't stay at the end of last season but it was just one of those things that I had to do.

"I still speak to a few of the lads but it would be nice to go back there and get a win."

Although Stockport went into administration and suffered relegation last term, Mullins was a shining beacon, deservedly winning the Player of the Season award.

"I enjoyed my time at Stockport, particularly in the first season under Jim Gannon when we played some great football," said Mullins. "We got up to fourth or fifth in the table and then administration kicked in.

"The following season, Gary Ablett's hands were tied and it was difficult for everyone. I had some brilliant times there but the administration dragged on for a while and it did affect us."

Having parted company with manager Paul Simpson after less than six months in charge last Tuesday, Stockport sit 21st in the table, four points above the relegation zone after recording just five wins from 24 matches.

Mullins, who has slotted effortlessly into the centre-half position to partner Nick Fenton in the continued absence of captain Ryan Cresswell, says he is shocked by Stockport's dismal form but is warning Rotherham's players not to underestimate his former employees.

The 25-year-old said: "I don't think they should be where they are in the table because they have got some quality players. I expected them to be higher up than they are but they have got a new manager in now so that will give everybody a clean slate.

"They will be looking to impress but all we can do is worry about what we can control. If we play like we can do then I don't think there is anything to scare us out there in this league. We have to defend well and if we can get the ball to the players who can cause havoc like Alfie (Adam Le Fondre] and Marshy (Marcus Marshall] then are we are more than a match for anyone."

Left-sided player Stephen Brogan has joined Conference North outfit Stalybridge Celtic on a month's loan.

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