Veteran striker McBreen seals Mariners stay

A-League golden boot winner Daniel McBreen, 36, has agreed a year-long contract extension to ensure he remains at the A-League champions Indonesia   By GOAL AUSTRALIA

Central Coast Mariners striker Daniel McBreen has signed a one-year contract extension to remain at the A-League club for the 2013-14 A-League season.

The 36-year-old had been in career-best form, scoring an impressive 19 goals and subsequently winning the 2012-13 A-League golden boot.

He also played a key role in the Mariners' maiden A-League title.

After initially struggling to agree new terms, McBreen had been of interest to opposition A-League clubs and overseas teams. But he said leaving the Mariners never really entered his mind.

"I've stated many times that I wanted to be here and we had plenty of discussions about it," McBreen said.

"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 has not ruled out extending his career past his new contract, but said one-year deals were all he could rely on in the twilight of his career.

"He [Mariners coach Graham Arnold] said at my age it's a year-by-year basis, so I'll just go out there and try and do the same next year and get another contract," he said.

"But age is just a number. If you're doing the goods why shouldn't you keep playing?"

McBreen and the rest of the Mariners squad are currently gearing up for the first leg of their AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash against Chinese team Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday.

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