Former Wanderers, Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United defender Daniel Mullen told reporters Saturday he has no qualms about moving to the troubled Newcastle Jets, saying joining a club with a player group in open rebellion, no backroom staff, an owner and a head coach living in another universe and a depressed fan base won’t destroy his career.

Released by Western Sydney Wanderers as the club seeks to turn around its domestic season, Mullen said joining the Jets – which has recently released a swath of its most talented and experienced players and coaching staff – couldn’t possibly end badly, and is instead a smart career move for a 25-year-old already onto his fourth A-League club.

“The Jets are a team with a lot of potential at the moment. We all know how much the media love to blow things out of proportion and, let’s face it, football players have a tendency to be melodramatic at times. I’m sure the problems at the Jets aren’t anywhere near as bad as everyone’s saying it is.

“By coming to the Hunter, I’ve not only moved up the A-League ladder, but I’ve joined a team in an exciting period where I can stamp my authority… pretty much anywhere on the park.”