CENTRAL Coast Mariners sharpshooter Daniel McBreen has left the door open to extend his stay in the Chinese Super League.
Last season’s Golden Boot winner signed a short term deal with Shanghai SIPG and was due back at Bluetongue for the 2013/14 campaign.
The 36-year-old’s stunning goal against Dalian Aerbin has done nothing to harm his chances of securing something more permanent in the CSL.
“If something came up, I would definitely think about it or see what they wanted,” McBreen told au.fourfourtwo.com.
“At the moment I’m just concentrated on the next three months, trying to do the best I can and then I’ll be back at the Mariners.
“But football’s a funny old game and things change pretty quickly – we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. It’s been enjoyable so far.”
He added: “If something came up and I thought it was the right thing for myself and the family then we’d definitely consider staying. Until that happens I’ve just got to keep working hard.”
The A-League veteran has settled well into his new club and his wonder lob from long range is already being touted as potential goal of the season.
Just what the Mariners’ title-winning coach, Graham Arnold, would make of life in the Chinese top flight, however, is something else.
“The owner of (SIPG) … is at every training session and he’s always barking and shouting and trying to get things 100 per cent right,” McBreen said.
“He’s always pushing the players and the staff to get more out of everyone, to try and be more professional week by week. He wants it to be one of the top clubs in the country.”
McBreen, who credits Arnold with his late career revival, says it’s not an environment to which the Aussie tactician would warm.
Arnold has been linked with numerous clubs in Asia in the past including, more recently, Guangzhou R&F where former Mariners player Rostyn Griffiths is based.
“I’ve said before, Arnie’s the best manager I’ve had,” said McBreen who earned a one-year contract extension on the back of last season’s 17-goal haul.
“I think he knows the game better than anyone I’ve been under. He’s the kind of guy though that wants to do everything his way, which is the way it should be.
“But (in China) a lot of say goes to the owners of the club, or the board, on who should be in the squad and what should be done.
"That could be a real difficult situation for Arnie because I know what he’s like.”
Arnold showed his reluctance to compromise on his coaching philosophy when he turned down Sheffield United earlier this year, describing the English League One side as “prehistoric”.
McBreen added: “At the Mariners, Pete Turnbull (director) and Mike Charlesworth (majority owner/chairman) are really good at saying, ‘yep football side of things that’s for you,’ and Arnie controls everything on that side.
“Whereas over here they’re a little bit more on top of you and I don’t think he’d have the freedom that he would need to be a success. That’s just the way he works.
“He can be a hot head at times Arnie – he might just say right that’s it I’m out of here.”
The prolific forward believes the Mariners are a real chance of achieving something extra-special in 2013/14 on top of last season’s heroics. After finally nabbing the elusive Championship there’s only one prize outstanding.
“We’ve won the championship, the premiership, the golden boot, we’ve got a couple of Marston medallists – I think we just need to do the double this year,” he said.
“Make that and we’ve done everything. We’ll be working hard to try and keep our standards high. Obviously we’ve got Champions League again so we’d like to try and get along as far as we can in that as well.”
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