McBreen finally gets new Mariners deal

The future of Central Coast Mariners striker Danny McBreen has finally had his future resolved on Monday after signing a one-year extension with the A-League champions.

McBreen wheels away in celebration...

The 36-year-old played a key role in Mariners' recent A-League title triumph, scoring the sealer in a 2-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in the grand final.

But despite his goal-scoring heroics, there was still plenty of speculation over his future given the club were reportedly delaying talks over a new contract, but all that was put to rest on Monday after they confirmed he had put pen to paper to a new one-year deal.

"I've stated many times that I wanted to be here and we had plenty of discussions about it," he said on the Football Federation Australia's (FFA) official website. "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 also stressed the need for Central Coast to retain a large portion of this season's squad if they are serious about retaining the title next year.

"You don't want to win the league and then everyone disappears and then fall away the next season," the ex-Perth Glory man added.

"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 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."

Mariners chairman Peter Turnbull was delighted with the news and hailed the impact McBreen had over the course of the recently-concluded campaign.

"It is a real delight to announce the re-signing of Daniel McBreen to the club for the defence of our championship next season," he said.

"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."

McBreen finished the regular season with 17 goals to his name, and added two more in the semi-final and grand final triumphs over Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney respectively.



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