Mullen: Jets can soar next season

Newcastle defender Daniel Mullen believes the Jets can be successful on the field next season, pointing to the positive signs towards the end of the 2014-2015 campaign.

Mullen arrived at the Jets in January after a short stint with Western Sydney. In April the centre back committed to the Hunter region club until the end of the 2016-2017 A-League season.

Mullen told FourFourTwo he hopes new owners steady the club so it can move forward.

“For me it’s all about progress and the fans,” the 25-year-old said.

“They deserve better. I hope the new ownership brings some stability to the club and we can somehow repay the fans next season.

“I’ve really enjoyed it. Obviously the results weren’t the best but you can see the type of football we started to play at the back end of the season was quite promising. There were definitely some encouraging signs.

“When I came into the club I was treated really well by everyone, by the players, the staff and the coaches and the fans as well. So that was nice. I was lucky enough to play every game when I got there and really enjoyed it.”

Mullen made 12 appearances for the Jets last season, all in the heart of defence.

The centre half, who also played under Jets coach Phil Stubbins at Adelaide United, declined to comment on the Englishman’s future at Newcastle, which is currently under review.

“That’s not really for me to say,” he said.

“For me, I just want what’s best for the Newcastle Jets. Ultimately it’s about the fans and us giving back to them.

“Hopefully, whatever decision is made will be of benefit to the football club, the players and the supporters.”

The Jets may have claimed the wooden spoon but Mullen believes the club showed by its performances in the latter part of 2014-2015 that next season can be much better.

“There were some really encouraging signs,” he said.

“The result against Melbourne Victory was up there but I think we made some good signings in Ki-Je Lee and Enver as well, and some of the young boys that stepped in I thought they did a good job.

“You could see in the last five or six games we started to play some good football. The only thing we were lacking was that winning mentality you get from the more experienced players, the men that sort of bring that.

“If you look at our team, it was a very young team and with youth, the performances were good but we lacked that winning mentality. We’ve made another signing in Nigel Boogard and he’ll bring us bucket loads of that.

“I think if we can take the good signs we were showing from the back end of last season, if we can take that to pre-season and have a really solid pre-season and get that unit in the playing group, I think next season can be definitely a successful one.”

The son of former Socceroo Joe Mullen and an Adelaide product, Mullen made his A-League debut back in 2008. He has one cap for Australia and had a short stint with Chinese side Dalian Aerbin in 2012.

Mullen said he has enjoyed his time in Newcastle since arriving four months ago.

“From the first day that I stepped in I really enjoyed my time, “ he said.

“I enjoyed the way that we were playing, I enjoyed the lifestyle, the whole package really. I’m delighted to be settled for the next two years at Newcastle and hopefully, to be honest we’ve been on holiday for a few weeks now, and I’m itching to be get back to pre-season.”