Mullarkey signs two-year deal!

We are pleased to announce our second signing of the summer as defender Toby Mullarkey from Rochdale on a two-year deal following the Mariners triggering a release clause in his contract.

A January signing for his former club, the 27-year-old defender previously played over a hundred matches for Altrincham, establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the National League during his time there.

Mullarkey is a product of the well-regarded Crewe Alexandra Academy and came through the ranks of our fellow Sky Bet League Two club before signing his first professional contract.

Prior to joining Altrincham, the Warrington-born defender had a period on loan with Leek Town before a three-season spell with Nantwich Town.

While Mullarkey is predominantly a centre-back, he has been known to play anywhere across the backline and started on the right-hand side of a three-man defence for Rochdale when they visited Blundell Park in March.

On his second recruit of pre-season, manager Paul Hurst said: “He’s a very good player in my opinion and is a good size. He can play centre-back but can also play right-back.

“Certainly, if we went to a three, he can play that outside centre-back extremely well or centrally. He’s comfortable on the ball and is probably a more modern-day centre back because of how good he is on the ball.

“It was no secret that we were close to bringing him in back in January and we were a little frustrated that it didn’t happen but, ultimately, we’ve got him on board now and I’m pleased.”

After signing for the Mariners, Mullarkey added: “I’m delighted to be here. It’s a massive club and I’m really pleased to get it over the line. I know the club’s ambitions and what it means to the fans so I’m delighted to be on board.

If you are interested in becoming Toby’s kit sponsor for the 2023-24 season, please contact our Commercial Manager Matthew Disley by emailing

Season tickets are available now for supporters to watch Mullarkey join his new Mariners teammates in action at Blundell Park. Full information on our 2023-24 Season Passes is available HERE.



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