It's a clever move by the Gosford club.The Central Coast Mariners have made a major signing coup, North Queensland Fury striker Daniel McBreen to join the club for two years from the start of next season.
Born in Burnley in the North of England, McBreen migrated to Australia with his family when he was just six weeks old, and grew up in Newcastle’s Western Suburbs.
He played his junior football for Edgeworth before signing on with Newcastle United for their inaugural National Soccer League campaign in 2000.
After scoring nine goals in his 36 appearances at Newcastle, McBreen took up an offer with Romanian side FC Universitatea Craiova, before embarking on a six-year career in the English and Scottish league.
The most notable stint was with Scottish Premier League side Falkirk, where he managed 21 goals in 64 appearances for the Bairns.
The now 32-year-old returned to Australia at the start of the current season to take up a deal with the Fury, scoring three goals so far this campaign and impressing many with his performances alongside marquee striker Robbie Fowler.
“We’ve got a great goalscoring record this season, we’ve scored the third most goals of any club in the league, and I think Daniel can come in and help us in front of goal next year as well," Mariners manager Lawrie McKinna said.
After seven years away, which yielded highlights such as a Scottish Cup semi final goal against Rangers at Hampden Park and an FA Trophy final appearance at Wembley, McBreen is excited to be returning home.
“It’s good to get a two year contract because it gives you some stability, and you can set your mind on what you want to do, but to be at a good club is great as well,” said McBreen.
“It’s an established club which has done well in the past, and I’m really looking forward to getting there and being a part of it."
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