Jake Mullaney: "All the boys are looking refreshed"
Tuesday 2 July 2013 8:00 AM
Following the bye, young fullback Jake Mullaney, sees opportunities ahead in Round 17’s match against Manly Sea Eagles. In his second first grade season, he has seen more minutes on field since he first stepped in for injured fullback, Jarryd Hayne, in 2012.
“Having a look around the sheds this morning, all the boys are looking refreshed,” says 23-year-old Mullaney.
He believes the lack of pressure on the team means their desire to perform is strong.
“No-one really expects much from us so we just play well.”
Looking at each game as a chance to compete, Mullaney is keenly focused on the task at hand and the prospect of another chance to prove he can hold his own. ‘Play the best and forget the rest’ is the attitude he seems to have adopted.
"That’s the plan. We want to be competitive every week. We just have to put our best foot forward and play well.”
Looking ahead, Mullaney sees Manly as a tough game, but is hopeful of a good outcome.
“[Manly] are obviously a very good side, they have been the top three for the past few years,” he said.
“Hopefully our forwards roll forward better and we give our halves a better opportunity.”
With the possible return of Jarryd Hayne, Mullaney admits that having a player of State of Origin calibre is ‘always better for the team,’ but is hopeful for another crack at making his own name in the NRL.
“Everyone wants to play for Origin. You don’t play footy unless you want to further your career.”
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