McBreen: It's the A-League or retirement


Former Joe Marston Medal winner Daniel McBreen is after a return to the A-League or he will hang up his boots.

The ex-Central Coast Mariners, Perth Glory and North Queensland Fury striker has spent the past two seasons play in Hong Kong and China.

McBreen has relocated back to Australia and at 38 is keen on playing in the A-League again.

“I still feel I could play another year or two,” he told FourFourTwo.

“The body is fine. I’ve been looking after myself better than ever. I still think I've got plenty to offer both on the field playing as a 9 or a 10, and off the field where I can help the younger players.

“I’ve had some offers from overseas but with a young family it's time to stay back home in Australia. I know I'm still capable of performing in the A-League. But if there's no interest in Australia then I'll start looking at the next chapter.”

McBreen made six appearances, collecting one assist, for South China AA last season. He scored five goals and notched two assists in 28 matches for Shanghai SIPG in 2014.

In his A-League career McBreen banged in 37 goals in 123 games for three different clubs. The Burnley-born forward, who has also played in Romania, England and Scotland, won an A-League premiership with the Mariners in 2012 and a championship in 2013.

In the 2012-2013 campaign he won the Golden Boot, was awarded the Joe Marston Medal and was named in the PFA Team of the Season.

McBreen believes his age is irrelevant and said that he has no major injuries for the past seven years.

“The first question I get asked from everyone is how old are you now?” he said.

“I don't see how it's relevant. Same if your young but can do the job. My last major injury was around when I was 31-years old. I can't remember the last time a small injury or niggle kept me from playing a game either.”

McBreen, who is living in Newcastle, has begun planning his life post-football.

“I have a few things I'm looking into,” he said.

“I will be getting my coaching badges as I’d like to be involved in helping develop players. I would like to help future players realize their dreams if possible. Also I have dome options outside football to explore so we'll see how it all pans out.”

If he does retire in the next few months, McBreen said he has no regrets after a 16-year career that saw him play in five different countries, at Wembley, Hampden Park and in the Asian Champions League.

“I've had a good run compared to most,” he said.

“I’ve met some great people and seen plenty of places that I wouldn't have without football.”