Mullins ends stay with Robins af­ter a sea­son

Gloucestershire Echo - - CHELTENHAM TOWN -

JOHNNY Mullins has left Chel­tenham Town by mu­tual con­sent halfway through his two year con­tract with the club.

The 33-year-old for­mer Mans­field Town, Ox­ford United and Lu­ton Town de­fender is re­tir­ing from full-time foot­ball.

His fi­nal ap­pear­ance for the Robins was in the 4-1 vic­tory at Yeovil Town on New Year’s Day, in which he was forced off af­ter nine min­utes with in­jury.

Mullins had also been taken off early on in the FA Cup first round tie at Ebb­s­fleet United in Novem­ber af­ter a suf­fer­ing a blow to the head.

He started the sea­son with the cap­tain’s arm­band, play­ing along­side Will Boyle at cen­tre-half in a back four and he put in some re­silient per­for­mances.

But he strug­gled with some nig­gling in­juries as the sea­son pro­gressed and boss Michael Duff be­gan us­ing a back three of loa­nee Char­lie Raglan, new on­field skipper Ben Tozer and Boyle.

“I want to look to­wards the next chap­ter of my life, spend a bit more time with my fam­ily, and see what hap­pens,” Mullins said.

“I’ve had a long ca­reer. When I started when I was younger you have all these dreams of what you’d like to achieve.

“I didn’t quite make it to the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal or the World Cup fi­nal but I en­joyed my run.

“I think now with the age I’m at I feel like I’m ready for an­other chal­lenge and some op­por­tu­ni­ties that are com­ing to me from out­side of foot­ball. I want to see where I can go fur­ther and put my ca­reer in the box - I re­ally en­joyed it and want to move onto the next chap­ter.”

Mullins, who is based in Kid­der­min­ster, made a to­tal of 18 League Two starts for Chel­tenham and one sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ance af­ter join­ing from Lu­ton last sum­mer.

Duff now has 17 play­ers con­tracted be­yond this sum­mer: Raglan, Boyle, Scott Flin­ders, Rhys Lovett, Sean Long, Chris Hussey, Ben Tozer, Conor Thomas, Alex Ad­dai, Josh De­bayo, Ge­orge Lloyd, Ryan Broom, Chris Cle­ments, Luke Var­ney, Archie Bren­nan, Manny Duku, Liam Mcalin­den and Tom Smith.

Three of them, Duku, Mcalin­den and Smith, have been made avail­able for trans­fer.

At­tack­ing mid­fielder Kevin Dawson has been of­fered a new con­tract, with ne­go­ti­a­tions on­go­ing,

Nigel Atan­gana has joined Ex­eter City af­ter he and Jor­don Forster both turned down new deals at the Jon­ny­rocks Sta­dium, while Matt Bower, Rak­ish Bingham and Ty­rone Bar­nett have been re­leased.

Johnny Mullins is quit­ting the full-time game

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