Hot-Shot Jack out to make his mark
Jack Muldoon has certainly made an impression and got Sheffield firing again in attack since returning for his second spell with the club, on loan from Tuesday’s opponents North Ferriby. Andy Dixon took a chance to catch up with Jack for a quick chat about his career so far and ambitions for the future.
You began your career with Scunthorpe and also spent some time with Doncaster Rovers. How long were you with them for?
I was with Scunthorpe from U’9s through to the youth team. I left them in my 2nd year YT, in December, and joined Doncaster till the end of the season.
After that you dropped into non-league football with Brigg Town – how did you find this switch??
It was very different. I was 17 and you believe you’re better than everyone because you’ve been at a pro club - but then you’re proved wrong, very quickly.
You made 22 appearances in your first spell with Sheffield, joining just before Christmas 2008. How did that move come about and what were your reasons for leaving so quickly?
I was studying a sports degree at Sheffield Hallam University, living in student accommodation and playing for the University side and Brigg town. Chris Dolby, who was the manager at the time, heard that I was living in Sheffield and said ‘come and play for us’ - so I did! At the end of that season I was approached by Glapwell FC and they offered me double my money - so being a student at the time I agreed.
During your previous spell here you played mainly in midfield – where have you generally played in your career and how did you come to move up front?
I played right wing as a junior then drifted into central midfield at youth team level. When I moved into nonleague I found myself playing up front more as I proceeded to improve my strength and keep my speed.
What happened in the gap between leaving Sheffield and returning to the city with your move to Stocksbridge?
In the second game of the season for Glapwell, against Belper, I took a bad tackle to my ankle and was out for eight weeks. When I came back I was behind everyone else with fitness, we had a very big and strong squad that season which lead to me struggling to get in the side.
Then I got a random phone call from the Alfreton manager, Nicky Law, asking me to come down there as his team needed strengthening throughout the Christmas period. Unfortunately it turned out I wasn’t needed because both their strikers couldn’t stop scoring! Both Glapwell and Alfreton reached the play-off finals that season and lost - and I had splinters in my bum for a whole season!
Stocksbridge was a great success for you personally, scoring a hatful off goals, although the team overall didn’t have the best of seasons. What do you think was the key to your form there and why did you move on?
I had a good manager who I had a lot of respect for. Like you said we didn’t have the strongest team but we were very close and I felt that I had responsibility which urged me to go out and get a goal. Towards the end of my spell at Stocksbridge the management had changed and the new set-up didn’t really make me feel that I wanted to stay. When Bill [Heath] phoned me pre-season I knew it was a good opportunity to leave and join North Ferriby.
Despite not making regular starts you were involved with the majority off the games so what were the reasons behind joining Club on loan?
Again I was finding myself sat on the bench, with having three good strikers there doing well. I’m 23 years old and it’s not fair to keep people who want to play from playing so Bill kindly gave me the option so I spoke to Wit and Curtis.
You played with Matt Roney, Steve Woolley and Vill Powell in your previous spell – did you know any off the other lads before and how are you enjoying it so far?
They were the only lads I knew when arriving. I always got on well with them so it made it easier coming back being alongside them. Yes, I enjoy the club. It’s a good set up here, there’re some talented young lads that want to get ball down and play which is good.
Once your loan with us is over would you like to go back and try to establish yourself in East Yorkshire with them next season (and be nice because this will be on the website before the game against them)?!
Yes! I started pre-season quite well but we had a big squad so juggling 20 lads that can all easily slide into any team at this level was hard. I found myself at the bottom of the pecking order after a month or so but I’d give up my right arm for Gary Bradshaw (my idol) I love him!
What are your hopes for the future – both your football career and away from the pitch?
Just to play high as I can in football, work hard at my job and hopefully have three wives that all get along!
Finally, before worrying too much about the future, what are the chances of you scoring the goal to putt us into the next round after your hat--trick against Brigg in the last round?!
Ha-ha, slim chance though as I won’t be participating in the game against Ferriby unfortunately - but WHEN we win I’ll give it a good go in the next round!