'Old man' McBreen rules out A-League return

Former Central Coast striker Daniel McBreen is looking to stay in Asia when his contract with Chinese club Shanghai SIPG ends in January.

McBreen joined the Chinese Super League outfit from the Mariners on a one-season deal at the start of this year and scored six goals from 28 appearances.

Shanghai SIPG finished fifth in the 16-team competition.

McBreen told FourFourTwo he is targeting a new deal in Asia and ruled out a return to the A-League.

“I'd love to stay at Shanghai next season as I've made some good friends there and the club has just been taken over by the current sponsors who have big plans,” he said.

“A big-named coach and superstar names are rumoured to be targeted, so maybe a move elsewhere is on the cards.” 

Ruling out a return to Australia, he said: “I don't think anyone (in the A-League) would take an old man like me. I'm enjoying the Asian adventure at the moment so am keen to stay there.”

McBreen has played in Romania, Scotland, England and Asia over his 15-year career and scored 37 goals in over 100 A-League games for the Mariners, Perth Glory and North Queensland Fury.

The forward turns 38 in April but isn’t planning on hanging up the boots just yet.

“You're a long time retired,” McBreen said.

“I'm happy to keep playing as long as I feel I'm contributing and enjoying it which at the moment I am.

“So until the body starts to tell me it's enough or all the fun has gone out of it I'll keep going as long as I can. 

McBreen is back in Australia at the moment and has been following the fortunes of his former team, Central Coast.

“Every team goes through bad patches and they'll just have to sit down and reaffirm their objectives and how they can achieve them,” he said.

“I'm sure the Mariners ethos will ensure they'll work hard to turn things around.”