Darren Mullings says that he didn’t have to think twice when Tim Harris asked him to re-sign for Gloucester City from Weston Super-Mare.
Having started his career at Bristol Rovers, Mullings, now 29, came to the Tigers originally in 2010 and was with us until March 2014, before moving on to Oxford City.
Plying his trade at Weston Super-Mare most recently, Mullings said he jumped at the opportunity to re-sign with the Tigers when it was presented to him.
“It was the call from the gaffer that made me come back” Mullings said. “We briefly spoke in the week and I knew that as soon as he rang me and spoke to me I didn’t give it a second thought. I wanted to come back.”
Mullings quickly became a fans favourite during his first spell with the Tigers and says that he can’t wait to be back playing in front of the City faithful once more.
“It’s always nice to hear that the fans appreciate you” he said. “If I can replicate some of the things I achieved when I was here previously and hopefully a bit more then I’ll be more than happy.
“Gloucester have a great fan base and it’s the thing I’ve missed the most since I left so it will be really good to see everyone again and hopefully I can put in the performances that I showed first time around.”
After getting his man, City boss Tim Harris said “We are delighted to have Darren back with us at Gloucester City.
“The opportunity to sign someone like Darren Mullings is fantastic and couldn’t have come at a better time.
“As we know Chris Knowles has been injured for a few weeks and he’s at least another six weeks away. With Calvin Dinsley out on loan – and doing very well I might add – and Tom Owen-Evans only with us until January, we’ve got to make sure we don’t leave ourselves short in that department.
“He’s 29 years old, has bags of experience and he knows the club. When he left in 2014 just after I came back as manager, I didn’t want him to leave but he had a young family and couldn’t turn down the opportunity he got offered. I’m sure nobody would begrudge him that.
“Nevertheless, we’ve got him back with us now and we believe he will be a great acquisition for us.”
During Mullings’ first spell with the Tigers, he became somewhat renowned for his trademark flick-on from corner kicks, but he was keeping under-wraps whether or not that will be making a return to the Tigers team this time around.
“Maybe it might come back who knows!” he joked. “I scored a couple of those in my time here before but your role changes as teams move on.
“It is one of my trademarks though, I like to get in front of people at the near post but if it’s a near or back post header whatever it may be, so long as I can help the team out and get on the scoresheet that’ll be brilliant.”
Since Mullings was last at City the whole landscape of the squad has changed, with the only familar face being Tom Webb. However, Mullings says that he immediately felt welcomed in by the team.
“It can always be difficult with new faces and all that but as soon as I walked through that changing room door I felt at home and one of the team again, and of course I know some of the lads from other clubs and they’re a good bunch of lads and made me feel welcome.”