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Mullins signs for United

22 July 2013

Johnny Mullins joins United from Rotherham

Oxford United are pleased to announce the signing of Johnny Mullins from Rotherham United.

The 27 year old defender, who captained the Millers to automatic promotion from League 2 in April, rejoins the U’s following a brief successful loan spell at the Kassam Stadium last season.

Mullins, who lives just an hour away from Oxford and came up through the ranks at Reading, passed his medical this morning and has signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed transfer fee.

Mullins said: “I had a great time when I was here last year, so I’m looking forward to pulling on the yellow shirt again. Having fought so hard to get Rotherham up last season, I wasn’t planning on playing in League 2 again. However, I believe that this time next year Oxford will be a League 1 side anyway and I’m looking forward hugely to helping make that happen and then moving onwards and upwards with the club from there.

“I enjoy the style of football that Oxford play and the kind of club this is. Even compared to last season, the club has made tremendous strides behind the scenes and everything here is geared towards promotion.”

Mullins has been a consistent performer for Kidderminster, Mansfield, Stockport and Rotherham, making over 300 senior appearances in the last 9 seasons. He has also made a habit of scoring valuable goals in that time, scoring twice in 8 games for Oxford last season as well as scoring the vital opening goal in the game that secured Rotherham’s promotion.

Manager Chris Wilder said “I’m delighted to have been able to bring Johnny back to the club. It has meant being a little patient, but I hope that our fans can now see what I was waiting for: he is a top-quality defender and is the final piece in our jigsaw. He has had a good pre-season with Rotherham so can come in and hit the ground running. Everyone here knows Johnny and knows what he is about, so I can’t see any problems with him fitting straight in.”

See an interview with Johnny Mullins in Yellow Player shortly.

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