Sunday, April 21, 2013
McBreen wants Mariners contract extension
He's the A-League's top goal-scorer, he netted the winning goal and was named man-of-the-match in Central Coast's 2-0 grand final win over Western Sydney.But he doesn't have a contract for next year.As unlikely as it seems, 36-year-old golden boot winner Daniel McBreen had a break-out season but his future at the Mariners remains uncertain with the striker now off contact.Mariners coach Graham Arnold said to McBreen at the start of the season if he scored 10 goals he would make sure his contract was extended.He went on to score double that, netting his 20th in Sunday's title decider with a perfectly taken spot-kick in the 68th minute and earning himself the Joe Marston Medal as best afield.McBreen, who had failed twice in the Mariners' recent string of five missed penalties, acknowledged the irony of netting the match-winner from a spot-kick."After all the misses and all the press we've been getting about it, we got the one that counted," he said.McBreen, who said he knew his late father Jim "would be smiling down on him", said he wants nothing more but to stay on at the Mariners."I'm not sure yet what's happening next season," he said."I love it here. I love the place, I love the people, I love the team, the coaching staff, living near the beach - everything."Hopefully we can work something out."The delay on his contract, however, is a result of the financial crisis the club recently suffered before new owner Mike Charlesworth stepped in and saved the day."We've spoken but Mike wanted to go through the books so all offers have been taken off the table while he sorted that out," McBreen said."So it's up to them. They have to come to me now."Arnold was full of praise for the veteran striker."He's a pain in the arse, as always," he joked."Leading goal scorer, Joe Marston Medal, won a championship and he's 36 years of age."What else can you say? He's had a fantastic season."It's a reward for all the hard work he does."