Coleman expects Mullin return

Stanley happy to take striker back

Mullin: Loan spell over

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Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman is confident Paul Mullin will return to the club this summer.

The long-serving striker finished the 2008/09 campaign on loan at League Two rivals Bradford, but that deal has now come to end.

The 35-year-old failed to find the target during his six game spell with the Bantams, but impressed with his hard-working displays.

It is unclear whether Bradford would be keen to take the experienced frontman back next term, but Coleman insists Mullin is going nowhere for now.

"As far as I am aware it was only a loan until the end of the season and Paul will be returning to us after that for next season," the Stanley boss told skysports.com.

"Paul's done well for us over the years that he has been at the club and next season will be his testimonial year with us. I can't see why he can't play well for another couple of years though.

"Players do seem to be swapping clubs more often these days, but Paul has been a loyal servant and he has got a great attitude, so we definitely wouldn't want to lose him this summer."

Unlucky

Coleman's side finished in a respectable 16th position after tasting defeat on the final day of the season against Bury and Coleman believes progress has been made, as they managed to steer clear of the relegation scrap despite numerous injuries plaguing their campaign.

"I think the season does have to be regarded as a success, especially when you consider what we have had to work with," he added.

"We have been very unlucky with injuries throughout the campaign and our attendances have been down this year, so it is testament to everyone at the club that we have done so well this season.

"I feel we have played a lot better than last season and the players have put a lot of effort in to put points on the board to keep us safe and we've done that, so it has been a good season overall."