harriers-online:   The Johnny Mullins interview
1st May 2005  
Johnny talks to Harriers Online

With the season coming to an end, and Johnny sadly injured following a hamstring injury against Yeovil two weeks ago, it's time to start saying our farewells to some of the players.

Some won't be missed after this disappointing season but one who surely will is the young lad loaned to us from before Christmas by his parent club Reading.  Before he says goodbye to us he has been asked to answer a few questions for Harriers Online so read on:

First of all we are all very sorry to see your season, and your time at Kidderminster, end on such a sad note.
What went through your mind when you got injured against Yeovil?

I didn't want to leave on that sour note.  I hoped the injury wasn't that serious so I could once again put the Kidderminster shirt on that I had come to love in order to try and help the team and club avoid the dreaded relegation.

I think I can truthfully say that Harriers fans have really appreciated you in your time here and were impressed with you in your first game for us at Cheltenham.
Which game was it when you knew that you had made the right decision in coming here?

Cheltenham.  From day one I knew I had made the right decision and I had come to a good club that had good professional people at its helm, a good playing staff and a great set of fans who on the day sang their hearts out and, circumstances abiding, we would have got a deserved result in my eyes.

Which game do you think was your best game for us?
I would say one of three.  Either Oxford away, Darlington away or Cheltenham at home where I managed to nick the winner and only goal which for any football player is an incredible feeling.  In every game I gave my all and sometimes you have a good game and sometimes is doesn't always go for you but I think I was fairly consistent.

Did you have to re-adjust your style of playing from the cultured way that Reading play to the more agricultural style that you find in L2?
Yes a bit, mainly due to the importance of every game and the pressure that comes with that.  I had to adapt whereas before I was used to passing a lot more at Reading, at Kidderminster it was the result that counted, and you try to do whatever it takes on that day.  Also the physical side of the game was a lot more intense.
My time at Kidderminster has been a massive learning curve and the experience gained has been invaluable.

I know we would all like to see you come back to Aggborough but the chances of that are very slim now that we are in the Conference.  Do you feel that you have a chance of breaking into the Reading first team next season or do you think that you may go out on loan again?
Obviously that will be up to Steve Coppell and football is all about opinions and what ever the manager thinks is the best for me, then that is what I will be going along with.
Ideally I would like to break into the Reading first team next year, if I don't then maybe another loan deal might be the route for me.

I realise that, to a certain extent, it would be up to Steve Coppell where you went to next but which club would you like it to be?  (Not the Harriers and be realistic, Arsenal and Man Utd are out of the question)
Good humour!  I was thinking along the lines of Real Madrid or AC Milan!!
In all honestly I want to play in the Premiership one day and I believe in my own ability so hopefully with a bit of luck I will end up there one day.

Back to the Harriers.  Who do you think was the toughest opponent that you came up against during your time here?
Nathan Tyson without a doubt.  I trained and played with him at Reading and we are very good friends.
The disappointing thing for me is how well I know him and his game and was still unable to put a stop to him but he is a very good player and has a very bright future ahead of him.  I learnt a lot playing against him because the main thing was as he is so quick you have to be quicker in the mind so you always remain one step ahead.

We know that the squad will change by the start of next season but do you think that a good nucleus will be kept and do you think we'll be good enough to bounce back straight away?
Yes! without a doubt.  I think the nucleus of the team will stay together and bounce straight back because, if you look at the team and its form as a team, that would be mid-table and the team feels it should have done better.
So the team is on the way up and if they can stay together they will bounce back.

An obvious answer to this one but do you rate Stuart Watkiss as a manager?
Without sounding over the top he is a superb manager.  A good one on one manager and also a very good motivator.
He never lets our heads drop and gave us confidence and belief in our own ability, I think Barney and the gaffer are a good team.  If only Stuart had come to the Harriers earlier maybe circumstances would be different but in a short space of time he has done a excellent job.

Thanks John.  Have you any comforting words that you can give the fans?
As a football player and football fan they both come with highs and lows and I am certain the highs for Kidderminster Harriers are just waiting around the corner.
The whole club is a professional outfit from players to management and the fans are all top notch.
I would like to say a personal thank you to all Kidderminster fans who have treated me so well and from my very first game it has been a pleasure to have played in front of you and celebrated a goal with you.  Also the ovation when I came off against Yeovil was amazing and I will have to admit there was a lump in my throat.

So there we have it.  A good, honest crop of answers from Johnny and when I took the photo's of him he told me that although his leg was stiff he was still hoping to play for us at Northampton in our final game of the season.

I think we might see him come on for the last ten minutes or so.

I'd like to thank Johnny for agreeing to this interrogation and also to his Mum for giving me the chance.   Thanks.
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