Mick Potter describes being recruited by Peter Mulholland to attend St Gregory’s College as a turning point in his life and dozens of other players across the game feel the same way.
Mulholland, who passed away on Thursday after a three-year battle with a rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, touched so many people during a life devoted to league that his family have been overwhelmed by the response.
From ARLC chairman Peter V’landys
to the eight clubs Mulholland was involved with as a coach, official or recruitment manager to the players whose careers he influenced, tributes have poured in from around the game.
“Pete should be pretty proud of the legacy that he has left,” said Potter, the former Wests Tigers coach who enjoyed a close relationship with Mulholland for more than 40 years ago and played under him at the Western Reds.
Peter Mulholland celebrates Penrith's 2003 grand final win ?NRL Photos
“His wife [Mel] did know, but with some of the conversations she is having now, she is realising even more how many people he touched.
“She has been inundated with calls from people she doesn’t even know, but she has heard their names before.”
Other former players to pay tribute to Mulholland included Jason Taylor, Matt Seers, James Pickering, Luke Rooney, Martin Lang, Duncan MacGillivray, Adrian Vowles, Ben Cross, John Wilshire, David Boyd and John Bateman.
Former Reds hooker Matt Fuller, who still lives in Perth 25 years after the demise of the club, said Mulholland had turned a “wayward kid into a man” and recognised his talent when no-one else did.