In the two years since Mullen was in person, he learned not to call himself an NRL player first, but primarily a father, partner, friend and family man.
« I have one met beautiful partner Tamara and have a baby daughter Stevie, she is 10 months old.
« I don’t think it would have happened if I had still done what I did. »
Der 33-year-old has been banned from the Code since 2017 after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.
But on Monday, Mullen will train with the Sunshine Coast Falcons with his ban behind him.
The former Newcastle Knight and the former NSW Blue sat down with the Sunshine Coast Daily to explain why he wanted to revive his career with the Falcons. « I want to test myself in the best possible league I can play, » he said .
« The Queensland Cup is a very tough competition and they are considered Club within the competition and the community. «
» The people who surround this club are so excited that the club is doing so well.
Mullen said he has not given up hope of hitting the NRL highs again.
« If NRL comes it would be great, but I’m under no illusions, I have to play good football first, » he said.
« But I’m in great shape and I’ve had it for the past two years cracked well.
« I just want to play good football for the Falcons and if I can give something back to the game that has given me so much, that is my ultimate goal. »
Chris Flannery, Falcons CEO, said that the club had discussed with Mullen for about a month.
During that time, he said they had some « long and decent » conversations about Mullen as a person and then as a player.
« Jarrod is very determined to correct some of the mistakes and is ready to change his life and we wanted to give him this opportunity, » said Flannery. Reigning halves Todd Murphy and Ryley Jacks are standout contenders, while Storm-signed halves Cooper Johns and Nicho Hynes could perform. Flannery admitted Mullen had a long way to go however, returning to the NRL standard said strange things had happened.
« It would be a wonderful story to get him back to that level, that would be his goal, » said Flannery.
« When you talk to him you can see how excited he is to be back to be outside. »
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