Jake Mulraney

Making the step up to a bigger club

Republic of Ireland Under 21

Joined Hearts in 2018

Left Sided Winger

Jake Mulraney is one of the fastest players in the Scottish game and currently plays with Heart of Midlothian. He spent the early years of his career in England before moving to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2016.

After making the move to Hearts from Caley Thistle in 2018, Jake found it difficult to settle initially. The crowds were bigger, expectations were higher and the demands were even greater than he had experienced previously in his career.

To his credit, after a spell of being left out of the 1st team squad, Jake sought solutions to his struggles.

Although talent has never been a problem, Jake found the mental side of the game difficult to deal with having never worked on it before starting with Football Mindset.

We immediately got involved with Jake after an initial consultation and delivered weekly 1-2-1 coaching sessions whilst providing daily support sessions.

His aim was to improve his game in 3 specific areas:

• Ensure making mistakes doesn’t affect his confidence and overall performance 

• Better deal with the opinions of the management staff and supporters 

• Deal with the pressure of knowing that you have to produce in order to get another opportunity

Football Mindset has given Jake the mental tools and techniques to do the above. As a result Jake fought his way back into 1st team contention and has been given a run of 1st team starts. In 2020 Jake earned a move to the MLS.

“You feel so much better knowing you have the tools to deal with anything that happens on the park or at training. I didn’t realise how big it was around Edinburgh. I haven’t been used to playing in front of 20,000 every week so it took a while to adjust. Fans aren’t slow to let you know if things aren’t going well and I felt pressure I hadn’t before. I’ve been dealing with that and I know how to cope and deal with certain situations. It’s the strongest I’ve felt mentally.”

"You feel so much better knowing you have the tools to deal with anything that happens on the park or at training."