FORMER Clitheroe striker Paul Mullin has gone back to the day job – as the first former professional footballer to be given chartered status in financial planning!
Mullin, 37, spent two-and-a-half years with the Blues in the mid to late-1990s, and travelled to Wembley for the FA Vase Final in 1996 – although he was cup-tied and ineligible to play.
But now, the Ribble Valley resident, who went on to enjoy a 10-year career with Accrington Stanley – where he set the club’s all-time appearances record – will pass on financial advice after returning to his original training to become a chartered financial planner.
With the new season approaching, Pro Sport Wealth Management, based in north Manchester, have made Mullin their first big summer signing.
Mullin, who also enjoyed spells with Bradford City and Morecambe in the Football League, will be responsible for looking after the financial futures of sportsmen and women across East Lancashire – the Ribble Valley, Burnley, Accrington and Blackburn.
And Mullin said: “I am absolutely thrilled to join the team at Pro Sport.
“Having a unique insight into the lives of high-paid sports stars, I see an all too familiar story where it can be easy to forget that careers can end suddenly.
“As with any career, it is imperative that sportsmen and women put steps in place to secure their futures.
“I can provide tailored solutions to safeguard wealth and advise on strategies to help it grow. I look forward to getting started in this role.”
Pro Sport Wealth Management is the specialist sporting division of Independent Financial Advisor Limited.
Co-founder Phil Rose said: “I am absolutely delighted that we managed to secure Paul as part of the Pro Sport team.
“As the only chartered financial planning specialists in the sporting arena, we needed to recruit someone who could meet and fully understand our clients’ needs.”
Former Rochdale captain Gareth Griffiths, who joined up with Rose to form Pro Sport Wealth, added: “Paul led from the front on the field, and we are very confident the combination of his technical knowledge and experience will allow him to lead the way in providing the best advice for his clients.
“Paul’s sporting past is mirrored with his knowledge of the unique financial issues facing professional sportspeople.
“This makes him a key asset to our business.
“We have already had a number of high-profile clients approach Paul for a consultation, reinforcing this belief.”