Emotional Farewell to the Mullet

All good things have to come to an end, so they say.

And on Sunday afternoon, around tea time, my much-loved mullet will be no more.

As you would imagine with such a fine specimen, a lot of graft, dedication and love has gone in to forming what currently adorns my head for one of the last days in its life.

But I have decided to raffle it off to raise money for mine and Nottingham team mate Neil Fowkes testimonial and chosen charities.

I am pleased to say that tickets have been selling like hot cakes.

We sold over £250 worth at our testimonial dinner at Trent Bridge the other night and, I am hoping we can shift some more at Sunday’s home game with London Scottish.

It will be emotional seeing it go.

And the exact context of its departure is currently up for discussion.

I had initially intended it to be a case of the winning raffle ticket holder just getting a pair of scissors and snipping off the mullet bit.

But, unfortunately, there are all sorts of grim rumours going around that it could be a proper hair-cut, a skinhead or, as someone as suggested, they want it waxed off!

After breaking my shoulder blade against the Pirates the other week, I don’t need to be put in any more pain thanks.

The break means I am likely to be out of action for about three months. I have broken my foot and hand before but never anything as painful as that.

I just went down to tackle someone and caught it wrong. My ligaments slipped, my collar bone popped and I broke my scapula too.

I can move my arm and elbow but am still struggling to move my shoulder. It’s been pretty rough and the worst injury I have ever had to deal with. I know it’s part of the game but it doesn’t make it any easier when you get one.

Especially because I had been playing pretty well, scoring a few tries and we were just beginning to play some good rugby.

The good news is that, having seen the specialist this week, I don’t need an operation and it will just be a case of keeping the arm in a sling so the bones knot back together again.

I hope to see some of you after the game on Sunday and, for the winner of the ‘mullet chop’, go easy on me eh?

Find out more about David Jaskson and Neil Fowkes' testimonial year here.

Read more from David Jackson here, including chilli and mullet stories.

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