As MullenÂ astonishingly approaches his 7th season as a first-grader (hard to believe he started as a 16-year old), coach Rick Stone believes that Mullen is more than ready to finally reach the heights that he had placed on him all those years ago.
â€˜â€˜Heâ€™s 23 years old and heâ€™s played in 100 first-grade games,â€™â€™ Stone said.
â€˜â€˜Iâ€™ve been involved with Mullo since late â€™05 and Iâ€™ve really seen him mature as a person, and physically and as a footy player as well.
â€˜â€˜Iâ€™m quietly confident this is going to be Jarrod Mullenâ€™s best season to date.
â€˜â€˜I think heâ€™s learnt a lot about himself and footy and preparation in the last few years, and Iâ€™m hoping itâ€™s going to come to fruition this year.â€™â€™
In what was his first surgery free pre-season, Mullen is eager for the Knights next trial at Port Macquarie to get underway, and he might just have the added boost of being captain.
Like coach Rick Stone, Mullen is eager to get the ball rolling, and he too is hoping that he has a fantastic year.
â€˜â€˜Yeah, definitely,â€™â€™ he said.
â€˜â€˜I had a really disappointing start to last season and had a good look at myself and talked to the coaches.
â€˜â€˜I sorted out a few things, on and off the field, and I think I showed enough in the last six to eight weeks of the comp that I was finding my best form.
â€˜â€˜Hopefully I can bring that into this season and play even better.
â€˜â€˜Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll see my best this year.â€™â€™
Mullen, who has played a lone Origin game in 2007, was also a part of the Emerging Blues Squad, and the feedback Mullen received from it, was a positive one.
â€˜â€˜[NSW coach] Ricky Stuart was really, really impressed with him at that camp a couple of weeks ago,â€™â€™ Stone said.
â€˜â€˜I said to Mullo to take what heâ€™s been doing here [with the Knights] into the Origin camp, and Iâ€™m sure everyone around him would have been impressed with how he presented himself and the energy he showed and how he can be an extension of the coach at training and in games.â€™â€™