Edgeworth coach Damian Zane has backed evergreen striker Daniel McBreen to return from a calf injury and time overseas to play a key role for the Eagles in his grand final farewell on Sunday.
McBreen, 42, came back from injury to score a wonder goal from 30 metres in the Eagles' 5-1 FFA Cup loss to the Newcastle Jets on August 21 at Jack McLaughlan Oval that went viral. But he copped a knock and has not played since.
My last game at Jack McLaughlan Oval. A nice goal to finish a lifetime of football and memories.— Daniel McBreen (@djmcbreen) August 21, 2019
I have plenty of wonderful memories from this place and have forged many friendships. Thank you to all who have been there along the way.
Edgeworth Eagles are Forever ⚽️🦅❤️ pic.twitter.com/pUXSIfsk4R
The 2013 A-League golden boot and grand final man of the match for Central Coast was kicked in the calf against the Jets and did not return for the second half.
He was sidelined when Edgeworth lost 3-0 to Lambton Jaffas in the last round to finish third.
The front man then travelled overseas as assistant coach with the Guam national side while the Eagles hit back to beat Jaffas 4-1 and 1-0 in the semi-finals to make Sunday's NNSW NPL grand final against Maitland at Magic Park.
Zane said McBreen would return on Thursday and be in his squad for Edgeworth's record fifth consecutive grand final.
"He's obviously over there coaching and kicking a ball around there, and he's also been going for runs," said Zane, who spoke to McBreen on Monday. "It will be good enough to get through whatever he needs to. It's his last game. He and Josh Rose, they just weren't pros for one or two years, they were pros for a long time and they built up good habits.
"He loves the big stage and he just continually does things. People will say that it's time to move on and whatnot, but in big games he gives us some experience around the younger boys and he continually performs."
McBreen scored two goals and was man of the match in Edgeworth's 2-1 2016 grand final win over Broadmeadow. He missed the semi-finals last season while away with Guam before coming back to play off the bench in the decider against Magic, who won 3-0.
Zane said McBreen had not torn his calf again in the cup loss, paving the way for the striker to play a similar cameo role on Sunday.
"If anything, he'll probably come back refreshed, so it's probably not going to be a bad thing at all," Zane said.
While McBreen returns, Zane said Dylan Holz would not be back from a rib problem and Adam Cawley was "50-50" to overcome a tailbone injury.