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Paul Mullin crowned Sky Bet League Two player of the year

Paul Mullin celebrates scoring for Cambridge United. Picture: Simon Lankester
Paul Mullin celebrates scoring for Cambridge United. Picture: Simon Lankester

Ace marksman Paul Mullin has been crowned the Sky Bet League Two player of the season.

The Cambridge United striker earned the accolade at the 2021 EFL Awards ceremony, beating team-mate Wes Hoolahan and Forest Green Rovers' Jamille Matt to the honour.

Mullin has scored 29 league goals for the U's this season, helping the club to the brink of promotion to League One.

He has also broken the club record for league goals in a season, a feat that was set by David Crown in 1985/86, which saw the Mead Plant & Grab Stand renamed in his honour until the end of the campaign.

“We’ve always been quietly confident that we could have a successful season and hopefully we can get the job done this weekend,” Mullin said, speaking live on Sky Sports during the EFL Awards.

“There’s no reason we can’t given the way we’ve played all season. For us as a team we’ve benefitted from not having many games rescheduled, it’s given us an advantage going into the end of the season and stood us in good stead. As players, you want to play, and the quicker you get to do that, the better.

“I think, going back over time, the goals didn’t look like a lot, but compared to the goals per minute I was scoring one every other game.

“For me, it was about getting that game time and being trusted to play every game and I’d like to think I’ve repaid the manager quite well.

“I think it [the move] is one I didn’t expect. I jumped at the chance to play regular football because that’s what you want to do as a footballer.”

“It [re-named stand] has been a running joke over Twitter but it’s an immensely proud moment for me and the family. The bigger achievement will be if we can go and get promotion, that’s what matters more to me.”

Hoolahan was named in the League Two team of the season, along with United right-back Kyle Knoyle.

Full League Two team of the year: Goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky (Salford City); Defenders - Kyle Knoyle (Cambridge United), William Boyle (Cheltenham Town), Jordan Tunnicliffe (Crawley Town), Ibou Touray (Salford City); Midfielders - David Worrall (Port Vale), Wes Hoolahan (Cambridge United), Antoni Sarcevic (Bolton Wanderers); Strikers - Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town), Matt Jay (Exeter City),

Paul Mullin (Cambridge United); Manager - Michael Duff (Cheltenham Town).

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