Hayden Mullins hopes to stay with Reading FC
May 04, 2012
Hayden Mullins is hoping that Reading throw him a Premier League lifeline and rescue him from League One.
The 33-year-old midfielder made seven appearances during his month-long loan at Madejski Stadium from relegated Portsmouth.
Mullins has just 12 months to go on his Fratton Park contract and would be available at a cut-price fee.
And with cash-strapped Pompey dropping down a division and his hometown club moving up to the top-flight, he is keen to make his move to Berkshire permanent.
He said: “I’ll try to sort something out if I can and if I could stay here that would be absolutely brilliant.
“I’ve only been involved in seven games, but hopefully that’s enough to have earned a contract. Who knows, though? It’s down to the manager and he has to build for the Premier League now.”
The former West Ham United and Crystal Palace player has experience of playing in the Premier League.
And his connections with the club and town are also seen as a positive by Royals boss Brian McDermott.
Mullins said: “I’m sure he has his targets in mind, but hopefully we can sit down and sort something out in the summer.
“These days don’t come along that often in your career and to be part of a team that has won the Championship is very special.”
However, Mullins admits the contrasting fortunes of Portsmouth and Reading have made it a peculiar season for him.
He added: “I’m happy at the moment, but the reality has also hit me that I am a Portsmouth player and I have to deal with that.
“To be part of a club that has won the Championship and part of another that has been relegated is a strange feeling.
“All the boys here are delighted, but I still have in the back of my head that I’ve been relegated too.
“It’s mixed emotions. I’ll just try to enjoy it as much as I can.”