McBreen finds magic mix

IN the past two rounds of the Hyundai A-League our English born, Novacastrian raised Central Coast Mariner Daniel McBreen has scored four goals, and looks to have discovered the ideal work/life mix on the Coast.

IN the past two rounds of the Hyundai A-League our English born, Novacastrian raised Central Coast Mariner Daniel McBreen has scored four goals, and looks to have discovered the ideal work/life mix on the Coast.

McBreen relishes the four “S-s” that have made the Central Coast a perfect home for he and his young family: sun, sand, surf, and most importantly, scoring! The Mariners marksman has found the back of the net 14 times for the yellow and navy, and loves the lifestyle that he has found an hour south of his old stomping grounds.

McBreen was born in Lancashire, England but found himself in Newcastle, Australia when his late, great father Jim took up an offer to play for KB United.

Like his father, McBreen-s pursuit of playing professionally at the highest level has been a success. Initially he excelled through the local football ranks with Edgeworth Eagles and eventually found himself in the National Soccer League (NSL) with Newcastle United. His time in the red and blue sparked a distinguished career in Europe.

From Romania to Scotland, Scotland to England and back to Australia, McBreen has played for many well-regarded clubs including Universitatea Craiova, Falkirk FC, Scunthorpe United and York City. During his time with Falkirk, McBreen enjoyed a strong record netting a goal every three games.

McBreen has settled well on the Central Coast after detours to the now defunct North Queensland Fury, as well as Perth Glory. He is currently showing fans why he is one of Graham Arnold-s most valuable players.

When McBreen isn-t on the pitch throughout the sweltering Australian summer there-s a good chance you will find him in the sea, as his wife and kids soak up the beautiful beachside conditions of the Central Coast.

This is the lifestyle that has helped ignite the goal-scoring brilliance of McBreen. In addition, his affable personality fits seamlessly into the culture of the Club, while his finance business assists in taking his focus away from football.

McBreen will look to take his strong form into this weekend-s away clash with Melbourne Victory and show that his Bluetongue Stadium hat-trick against Sydney FC and winner in Wellington is just the start of a prolific campaign for the Mariners.

His efforts will be crucial against Melbourne who are coming off the back of an impressive 3-2 win over the struggling Sky Blues.

Daniel McBreen is equal first with Newcastle-s Emile Heskey on the top goal scorers chart so far this season and will be looking to go head of the list in coming rounds.

That would be some achievement for a player whose efforts are rarely recognised by the mainstream media, but who impresses his teammates, coaches, and Marines fan each time he takes to the training track or playing pitch.