Defender joins from Rotherham ahead of today's big game
Oxford United has strengthened its injury-hit defence with the signing of Rotherham’s Johnny Mullins. The 26-year-old completed his paperwork in Oxford this morning and will join on loan until January.
With Michael Raynes joining Michael Duberry and Andy Whing on the injured list this week and Harry Worley still coming back from a long lay-off plus the threat of a suspension for Jake Wright after four yellow cards, the U's moved quickly to sign the experienced centre-half.
Mullins joined Rotherham in the summer of 2010 after impressing at Stockport County and has made over 250 senior appearances since starting his career at Reading.
Mullins won the Supporters’ Player of the Year award for Rotherham at the end of the last campaign but has found appearances harder to come by under new Manager, Steve Evans.
United Manager Chris Wilder said:
“He’s 26, was Player of the Year and can play in three positions. With Lee Cox and Michael Raynes injured this week, it was important that we added to our options especially with Harry Worley still easing his way back in after eight months out. It would be unfair on Harry to throw him into a run of games or play 90 minutes straight away, even though he has been magnificent when called on in recent weeks.
“Johnny is a good player and a good character and we look forward to working with him.”
Mullins will wear number 25 and will be in the squad to play Gillingham this afternoon.
Chairman Ian Lenagan said:
"The three additional injuries this week put even more pressure on the squad and Chris Wilder felt we needed to act. With the player’s desire to be playing, other adjustments to the squad and the loan capped at 93 days, we have just been able with the finest of margins to stay within the salary cap in bringing in a highly experienced player at this level."