Muldoon says time as a plasterer gave him extra determination to make it in football

Jack Muldoon in action for Rochdale (left) against MK Dons.
Jack Muldoon in action for Rochdale (left) against MK Dons.

Town loanee Jack Muldoon believes his experience working as a plasterer has given him added determination to make it as a footballer.

The Rochdale striker was a self-employed plasterer for four years and played football part-time in non-league before securing a move to Rochdale last summer.

But a groin injury has scuppered his chances of establishing himself in the first-team at Spotland, prompting his loan move to the Shay last month.

Town is already Muldoon’s eighth club after a nomadic time in the game so far which has included spells at Stocksbridge, Brigg Town, Sheffield FC, North Ferriby and Worksop.

The 25-year-old reckons his time as a plasterer has driven him on to make a success of full-time football.

He says: “I was a full-time plasterer at Stocksbridge and Worksop, self-employed.

“Coming out of full-time football one of my mates, who was a plasterer, said I should get involved with him.

“I did it for three or four years, got my qualifications.

“It worked well with me being part-time in football.

“It is different (from playing football). You’re getting up at 6am and doing a hard day’s graft, whereas with Rochdale I’d be getting up at 9am and getting to training for 10am-10.30am.

“When you’re self-employed you do wonder where your next work is coming from.

“But in football if you’re doing well you get a contract for next season.

“It comes down to work-rate and attitude.

“If the manager likes you and sees something in you then he’ll back you.

“But it’s down to attitude and work-rate and how you apply yourself.

“Having a job outside football gives you that edge and that bit between your teeth and the thought that you don’t want to go back to your other job.

“So you work that little bit harder.”

Muldoon was unable to start the season after sustaining a groin injury just a few days into Rochdale’s pre-season training camp.

After a three month lay-off, and five months after his last game of football, he finally made his debut for Keith Hill’s side in October.

But he admits he made something of a false start at the club.

“I got injured quite quickly there,” he says. “It’s fair to say I was quite naive with the training and didn’t adapt well enough.

“I went there thinking I was fit and ready.

“The first couple of sessions I looked pretty sharp but after six or seven sessions it took it’s tool on my body and I wasn’t ready for it.

“I injured my groin in training which put me out for 10 or 11 weeks.

“It was typical - all my career I’ve been fit and strong but I get to Rochdale and get injured.”

Muldoon’s sole appearance for Halifax so far came in the 1-0 defeat to Wrexham in the FA Trophy last week.

The former Scunthorpe apprentice hasn’t ruled out making his move to the Shay permanent, and is confident he can find the net regularly in the Conference.

“I just want to work hard until the end of the season and keep my options open,” he says.

“If Halifax are interested in keeping me on and the manager wants to take me under his wing I’d definitely look at doing that.

“They’re a good bunch of lads and it’s a good club. I like the manager and he’s built a good team ethic.

“I just need to work hard, get some games time and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.

“I can score goals at this level, but it is a dog-fight in this league.

“There are strong centre-halves, strong centre-forwards.

“But if you have a midfield that can work hard and can win the ball back you can do well.

“As you go up the leagues the quality gets stronger and the chances you get in front of goal narrow down.

“Again, it’s about working hard and getting your attitude right.

“It also comes down to goals if you can get your finishing right.”