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May 13, 2013   |  7:10PM AET

‘Goal machine’ McBreen remains a Mariner

‘Goal machine’ McBreen remains a Mariner

2012/13 Hyundai A-League Golden Boot winner Daniel McBreen will remain with Central Coast Mariners next term after today signing a one-season contract extension with the Club.

2012/13 Hyundai A-League Golden Boot winner Daniel McBreen will remain with Central Coast Mariners next term after today signing a one-season contract extension with the Club.

McBreen scored 19 goals in season eight of the Hyundai A-League, including two in two matches throughout the Club-s 2013 Championship winning Finals Series campaign.

Speaking following the team-s penultimate training session ahead of Wednesday evening-s AFC Champions League Round of 16 first-leg fixture against China-s Guangzhou Evergrande in Gosford, McBreen said that he is pleased to have inked his extension with the yellow and navy.

“I-ve stated many times that I wanted to be here and we had plenty of discussions about it,” McBreen said. “I-m just glad to get it all sorted out and to be here for another year.”

“There was a lot of talk about Clubs overseas and other A-League teams, but nothing really materialised that I was happy with. And I said it time and time again that I was so happy here.”

McBreen-s retention for the Mariners adds to a core of current first team players that will remain on contract with the Club next campaign.

The 36-year-old marksman believes the continuity of the Club-s playing roster will ensure the men from the 20,059-capacity Bluetongue Stadium are in a sound position to record yet another successful season in Australia-s top flight.

“You don-t want to win the league and then everyone disappear and then fall away the next season,” he said. “We-ve got aspirations to defend the Championship, and we-ll have a few other goals that we want to get as well, so we-ll be working hard to be as strong as ever (next season).”

“We-ve kept a core here and when you play together for a long time you know each other-s game inside out which obviously helps you out on the pitch. Off the pitch we have a such a good bond so it-s really good to see people committing to the Club.”

“We-re not going to take the foot off the pedal, we-re going to keep going and working hard,” he said.

McBreen said that he-d be looking to back up his stellar performances in season eight of the Hyundai A-League next campaign in a bid to earn another deal with the Club.

“He (Mariners Head Coach Graham Arnold) said at my age it-s a year-by-year basis, so I-ll just go out there and try and do the same next year and get another contract,” he said.

“But age is just a number – if you-re doing the goods why shouldn-t you keep playing?”

Central Coast Mariners Chairman and Group General Manager, Mr Peter Turnbull, said: “It is a real delight to announce the re-signing of Daniel McBreen to the Club for the defence of our Championship next season.”

“Daniel-s performances this season have been a revelation. He was Golden Boot winner of course, but really his overall leadership on the field as well as off it has made Daniel an integral part of the Mariners- success.”