Brebner agrees new Victory deal

January 14, 2010
By Guy Hand

Melbourne Victory have been given a boost on the eve of a must-win clash against Perth Glory, with veteran midfielder Grant Brebner agreeing to stay with the club for another A-League season.

Brebner has agreed a one-year extension, the Scottish-born midfielder also on track to secure Australian citizenship later this year.

The 32-year-old has been one of the mainstays of Melbourne's two championship wins and is enjoying a good season with the Victory desperately chasing a top two spot on the ladder.

A former Manchester United player, Brebner said he was thrilled to have signed a new deal.

"It would have been a real wrench to leave the club especially with the success we've had," Brebner said.

"I'm enjoying playing, it's a fantastic club to play your football at, and I'll keep going for as long as I can.

"The citizenship - once that comes in it's beneficial for both myself and the club."

Brebner looks set to return to the starting 11 for Saturday night's match against Perth at Etihad Stadium as the Victory look to shake off an apparent malaise shown in two poor defeats away from home in successive matches.

Victory plumbed the depths in an insipid 3-2 loss to Newcastle last Sunday despite the Jets having 10 men for an hour of the match.

Melbourne now sit third on the ladder after Gold Coast's win over the Jets midweek allowed the first-year club to leapfrog the Victory.

A top two spot is vital in providing a second chance during the top six playoffs, as well as the security of a two-legged playoff for a direct passage to the grand final.

Perth will be boosted with new signings Steven McGarry and ex -North Queensland striker Daniel McBreen available, along with the return of leading goal-scorer Branko Jelic from injury.

"I haven't decided who will play yet," coach David Mitchell said.

"The good thing is when you bolster your squad it's competition for places which can only be positive."

The Victory match starts Glory's tough run of three games in six days.