Brett Mullins was born in 1972.
The boy from Young in country NSW was recruited by the Raiders from the Cherry Pickers and made his way up the ranks in the Canberra juniors in the late 1980’s.
He made his first grade debut on the wing in 1990 and waited patiently until the retirement of Gary Belcher in 1993 before moving permanently to fullback.
He became an out and out superstar who captured the imagination of Raiders fans and even opposition fans. He scored five hat tricks for the Raiders including a magical stretch in 1994 where he scored 11 tries in three games! He still has the second most tries (22) for a fullback in one season ever.
His chip and chase against the Broncos will forever live in our hearts and minds.
Unfortunately he didn’t leave the Raiders on the best terms after an on field altercation with Mark McLinden lead to his sacking.
He went over to England where he played 12 games for the Leeds Rhinos alongside Brad Clyde. He unfortunately spent a large portion of his time in the UK injured but scored four tries including two in a club record 106-10 Challenge Cup win at Swinton.
Mullins played in 209 first grade games during his 12-year career in Australia (183 for Canberra, 26 for the Roosters), and scored 105 tries for the Raiders and 17 for the Roosters.
His representative career coincided with the Super League War but he still represented NSW seven times in Origin and had eight Kangaroos caps.
At the back end of his career, Ricky Stuart enticed Brett out of retirement to play for the Roosters in 2002. The two former team mates were part of the side which led the Roosters to their first Grand Final win in 27 years.
His father Bill also represented the Roosters 190 times and played for the Kangaroos as well. His uncles Russell and Terry played for the Western Suburbs Magpies.
Rugby league is just in his blood.
Post career Brett went into hospitality with his brothers in law Jason and Brett Hetherington. They co-owned the Gunyah Hotel in Belmont until they sold it in 2017.
Now 49, Brett and his wife Renee have four kids and live in the Newcastle area.
His son Bradley played U20s for the Roosters alongside Victor Radley, Joseph Manu and Nat Butcher. He was a chip off the old block playing fullback as well.
His nephew is Bulldogs front rower Jack Hetherington.
Brett has his hand in a few businesses. He is in partnership with a group that runs six gyms in Newcastle and Melbourne. He also runs a fencing business as well.
He is still the only player to have ever won a Premiership with the Raiders and Roosters. So who was he backing in the 2019 decider?”
I want to see the Raiders win, due to the fact they haven’t won in the last 25 years,” Mullins said pre game.
It’s just a shame his Grand Final luck couldn’t continue for us.