38-year-old McBreen eyes A-League return

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AA striker has declared he wants to return home to after seeing out his contract with the Premier League side until the end of May.

“I am sick of being away from my family now,” McBreen told The Roar in an interview. “There’s a couple of options that I have got, but now it comes down to short-term monetary gains again or coming home to play in the A-League.

“If there was a possibility to play in the A-League again for another year that would be perfect for me.”

Having joined South China in January from China’s Shanghai , McBreen has scored six goals in six group stage matches of the AFC Cup, helping the Hong Kong giants qualify for the Round of 16.

The English-born Australian has played across three continents since first signing for Australian National Soccer League side Newcastle United Jets in 2000, but is largely remembered for four seasons with , where he made over 100 appearances across domestic and continental competition.

Many in Australia will be sceptical of the striker’s ability to withstand the demands of a full season, but the towering 38-year-old believes age would not hold him back and has spent extra hours in the gym to maintain his conditioning.

“Physically I am fine,” McBreen said. “I am sure people think with my age I could be a problem, but it’s not been a problem the last few years so I would hope any decision to sign me or not wouldn’t rest upon my age.

“I think everyone knows what I can offer and I know I would enjoy it back home. I’ll have to see what happens over the course of the next month or six weeks.

“I just want to get back into an environment again where it’s professional, where everybody gives 100 per cent, we all have a common focus and goal, and everyone wants to win.

“I feel now with my age as well I could get back into a club and be part of a senior group where I could help the young boys progress their game and work towards a common goal together. I want to give back to the game and just try and help younger guys try and realise their dream as well.”

McBreen’s South China will face India’s Bengaluru FC in the AFC Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday, May 26.

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