By Andrew Petrie – 10th August 2021 – 15:30
Josh Mullin’s voice is a new one in the Accies changing room, but a most welcome one indeed.
The attacker penned a season-long loan deal last week and made his debut off the bench in last Saturday’s match against Greenock Morton.
With two Championship promotions already under his belt, the winger brings plenty of experience to Brian Rice’s side.
“I’ve been in this league twice now,” he told AcciesTV in an exclusive interview. “Thankfully I’ve gone up through the play-offs and won it automatically. I know what it’s all about.”
The 28-year-old is now one of the most senior heads in the dressing room. His advice will be invaluable to the younger members of the Accies squad.
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to think talking on the pitch is massive. I believe in it so much. Even in training today, trying to be vocal and give instructions in a positive way.
“The captain, Easty [Brian Easton], he’s pulling me aside and saying ‘what a difference that is having an extra voice, keep doing what you’re doing’. I’ll just trying to keep talking to the younger boys through the game, any way that I can.
And the former Ross County and Livingston man was quick to laud the talent coming out of the Academy – with six of Saturday’s starting XI coming through the ranks at Accies.
“They’ve got all the quality in the world. The standard of the young boys is unbelievable. Anything that I can pass onto them, I’ll try and do in a positive way.”
But it was a new signing that helped sell the club to Josh.
“I’d been speaking to Kieran MacDonald a lot to be fair, he mentioned it to me first. I had to go about it the proper way, but I was delighted when I knew the club were keen to get me.
“I spoke to Davie [Martindale] on Friday morning, we got it done on Friday night, and I came in and met the boys at 1.30pm on Saturday. It happened quite quick but I’m delighted it’s done.”
Having signed a new Livingston contract in April of this year, the move came as a bit of a surprise to fans and pundits alike.
“I knew for me, the way the start of the season panned out, I maybe wasn’t going to play every game so to speak. It was just a case of speaking to Davie [Martindale], who I’ve got a good relationship with, and seeing what the options were.
“This came up and I jumped at the chance. I heard good things about the manager – from Dougie Imrie, Bruce Anderson. Everything was positive. I just wanted to get it done.”
Now he’s a bit more settled in, Josh can turn his attention to fatherhood as well as football, after welcoming his first child into the world just six weeks ago.
“It’s been hectic. I was saying to my partner, how do you explain your love for somebody like that, just looking at my son. He’s excellent and my partner is doing well. I’m so proud of her. I’ve got my family, I’m five minutes down the road and hopefully I can come here and enjoy my football.”
Josh’s full interview with Andrew Petrie will be available on Youtube.