McBreen pleases winners and losers

January 31, 2010
By Chris Pike

Daniel McBreen's current and future A-League coaches were both high on the striker after his brace on Sunday and Perth Glory boss Dave Mitchell believes he's ready for the Socceroos.

McBreen has scored four goals in four matches with the Glory since crossing from North Queensland and his Sunday double helped Perth to a 3-1 win over Central Coast and into the finals.

Mitchell has been tremendously impressed over the past month but was just as pleased that Mariners coach Lawrie McKinna allowed McBreen to sign for the short stint before joining Central Coast next season.

"He's a fantastic player and, based on the performances, we would be certainly recommending him to Pim Verbeek as a target man," Mitchell said.

"He's unselfish, works hard, holds the ball up well and scores goals. As a big target man for the national team, I'd give him a big tick.

"Credit goes to Lawrie as well because when negotiations were going on with Daniel about coming here he ran it by Lawrie and he said it was no problem."

McKinna's long-term signing was certainly shown to be a good one on Sunday and McKinna was pleased with McBreen's performance, even at the Mariners' expense.

"If Daniel had not put in at a hundred per cent effort I would have been disappointed in the boy because the reason we signed him has been for his good work," McKinna said.

The arrival of McBreen and Steve McGarry, plus the expected retention of Socceroos trio Mile Sterjovski, Jacob Burns and Chris Coyne, has given Mitchell the best depth he's ever had and he's delighted to have Perth in the finals for the first time.

"This is the best I've seen it with the depth in the squad and that's regenerated with the really good players we've got within the club now. We went out and targeted certain players who we were able to get," Mitchell said.

"That has generated with the team in the finals now and that's great for the club and supporters."