Feb 10 2012 By Chris Slavin
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JAMES Mulley has pleaded with Hayes and Yeading boss Nas Bashir for the freedom to recapture his best form.
Mulley (pictured) was signed on loan from AFC Wimbledon on transfer deadline day after Dons boss Terry Brown deemed him surplus to requirements with the League Two club.
His situation is a far cry from 12 months ago when Mulley scored four goals and provided several assists during Wimbledon’s promotion to the Football League as a marauding, attacking midfielder.
After turning down offers from other Conference clubs for a third Hayes and Yeading spell, Mulley says the key to him helping Bashir’s men in their hour of need is his preferred central midfield role.
"I have fond memories of Hayes and it is a little bit more rewarding to help a club that I previously played at for so long," he said.
"They have been struggling a little bit lately, but hopefully I can play well and help them up the league. It is a good opportunity for me to get games and play in the middle.
"I will hopefully play in my best position in central midfield as when I came in at Wimbledon I was flying. I got goals myself and created opportunities.
"I had one or two offers from other clubs, but I felt that Hayes was the right option – it felt like the right place to go."
Mulley’s last stint with Hayes and Yeading ended on a sour note when he was shown the door by then-manager Garry Haylock in October 2010, but he was a firm favourite with the club in his first spell after helping them to promotion in 2009.
Ironically, Mulley’s first game back at Hayes and Yeading came on Saturday in a 3-2 friendly defeat against Wimbledon, held on a 3G pitch at The Warren.
Hayes and Yeading entertain Lincoln City on Saturday with Tom Collins available again after his training stint with Cardiff City, but it might just come too soon for skipper Mark Bentley and Dan Spence to return from injury.
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