Transfer news: Australian defender joins Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix have signed a second Australian player in a week with defender Daniel Mullen joining the club for the upcoming Hyundai A-League season.

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►Mullen has signed with Phoenix on a one-year deal.

►He has more than 100 Hyundai A-League games to his name in stints at Adelaide United, Western Sydney Wanderers and Newcastle Jets.

►Mullen has one cap for the Caltex Socceroos, while also featuring for Australia’s U-20 and U-23 teams.

►The 27-year-old will add great experience and depth to Wellington’s defence and will begin full training with the club in coming weeks.


“When I left the Jets there was interest from a few different A-League clubs, as well as teams overseas, but either the club or the country wasn’t quite what I was looking for at this stage of my career,” he said.

Daniel Mullen admitted the Jets 'let themselves down' in their 3-1 loss to Brisbane Roar.

“I spoke to Romeo Castelen who said only praise about Darije, he told me he’s an excellent professional who will demand a lot of you, but is also a good football person, who will look to play a style of football that appeals to me.”

“I also knew about Rado’s reputation, so when the offer came it only took a matter of days. I’m grateful to the club, and I look forward to repaying that faith in me.”


“Daniel is a vastly experienced defender, who will bring a wealth of expertise to our club,” assistant coach Rado Vidosic said.

“He is primarily a centre back but has had great success in wide areas. He’s formidable in the air, very sound at set pieces, he’s a great marker, but is also very comfortable on the ball, which is a crucial component of how we want to play.

“Daniel brings competitiveness, he has a great work-ethnic and temperament, a combativeness that can only improve our squad and the competition for places.

“We want two players for every position – in November we could have Scott Galloway, Tom Doyle, Andrew Durante all away on international duty at once, so we are very fortunate to sign a player of Daniel’s quality.”

Daniel Mullen is ready for a fresh start at the Jets