Exclusive: Brendan Gan opens up on the Oceania Tour

Malaysia international Brendan Gan speaks to FourFourTwo on the Tigers’ recent Oceania Tour, with his retorts to the critics and how he may not entertain some interviews anymore... 

Having only made your debut in March, you started Malaysia's previous five games. How do you fancy your chances of a starting place at AFF Suzuki Cup?

I’m very pleased to start these games. I was out with food poisoning vs Myanmar (May) and it was devastating having to watch the game from the hotel.

I had a year off last year with my injury … coming back and playing a lot of games, I feel there is a positive outcome out of how much work I did with rehab and getting myself back. I was quite happy to be able to play without hiccups … touch wood.

I have to keep doing extra stuff to be able to keep playing for the long term. I believe I’m nowhere near my best or peak I want to get to. Hard to say where I can get to because if you put barriers, that's not really pushing yourself.

Malaysia have only months till the Suzuki Cup commences

There's a long time between now and the AFF Suzuki Cup and a lot of international friendlies to play too. I'll back myself to get a starting spot. I don't want to be negative and say it's really tough, I don't know if I'll get it and what not. That's not my personality. If I want to start and if I have done enough, why can't I say I could start?

I’m just going to work hard at Kelantan, hopefully be selected for friendlies again and put my best foot forward to give coach Ong Kim Swee a selection headache.  

I know there are a lot of great players in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) who are fighting for the same spot. I’m going to fight as hard, if not harder than them and that's just my character. Hopefully I can show Ong that I can do a job for him.