Cambridge United sharpshooter Paul Mullin claimed the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season at the 2021 EFL Awards ceremony.
The Cambridge United striker saw off competition from team-mate Wes Hoolahan and Forest Green Rovers’ Jamille Matt, to claim the accolade live on Sky Sports during Thursday night’s 2021 EFL Awards.
It’s been a season to remember for Mullin, whose 29 league goals is a division high and has given Cambridge one eye on promotion with just two games remaining.
“We’ve always been quietly confident that we could have a successful season and hopefully we can get the job done this weekend,” Mullin said, speaking live on Sky Sports during the EFL Awards.
“There’s no reason we can’t given the way we’ve played all season. For us as a team we’ve benefitted from not having many games rescheduled, it’s given us an advantage going into the end of the season and stood us in good stead. As players, you want to play, and the quicker you get to do that, the better.”
Having spent last season at the Abbey Stadium on loan, it didn’t take long for Mullin to realise that Cambridge was where he wanted to write the next chapter of his career, and the former Tranmere Rovers striker signed permanently for Mark Bonner’s side last summer.
Having been appointed Head Coach on a permanent basis, Bonner continued to put his trust in Mullin, something the striker both recognises and is grateful for.
“I think, going back over time, the goals didn’t look like a lot, but compared to the goals per minute I was scoring one every other game. For me , it was about getting that game time and being trusted to play every game and I’d like to think I’ve repaid the manager quite well.
“I think it [the move] is one I didn’t expect. I jumped at the chance to play regular football because that’s what you want to do as a footballer.”
His incredible 29 league goals this season has seen him break a club record for the most goals scored by a Cambridge player in a single season, surpassing that of David Crown in 1985/86 and following his record-breaking achievement, the striker has had a stand named after him at Abbey Stadium.
“It [re-named stand] has been a running joke over Twitter but it’s an immensely proud moment for me and the family,” Mullin continued. “The bigger achievement will be if we can go and get promotion, that’s what matters more to me.”
Three points on Friday night against Harrogate Town would seal promotion for the U’s, who are looking to reach the third tier of English football for the first time since the 2001/02 campaign, and there’s one more personal target for Mullin on the cards, too...
“First and foremost, it’s about trying to get over the line. Individually however, I’d like to think I can still beat Tom Pope’s record in League Two. It’s still there for me and I’ll try to go and get it if I can.
“It’s been a really close season and games being close together means everyone is up and down with fitness but we’ve really enjoyed it. Tranmere and Bolton are big Clubs too and they’re still going for automatic promotion.”