Brebner enjoys being able to challenge for titles in Australia

Melbourne Victory midfielder Grant Brebner says he is enjoying actually being able to challenge for titles, let along win them in the A-League.

Melbourne Victory midfielder Grant Brebner says he is enjoying actually being able to challenge for titles, let along win them in the A-League.

The former Hibernian and Dundee United man always felt like whichever side he played for in the Scottish Premier League was always playing for third place behind giants Celtic and Rangers but now he is enjoying the fact that the A-League is much more competitive.

Brebner is happy that his friend and former agent Darren Jackson out him on to the Aussie move.

"When Darren asked me if I'd thought about Australia I thought it would be good but I felt it would be better to go and have a look for myself. I couldn't believe how advanced football was there, I came home and was back in Australia a fortnight later,” Brebner told The Scotsman.

"The question I am always asked is what is the difference between playing here and in Britain. It's perhaps unfair to try to compare because you are dealing with all football's history back home while over here this league has only been going for four years.

"The crowds are up there with wherever you might play in the world. The quality is not as good because there is a salary cap but that keeps the game competitive and it is still a decent league to play in.

“A salary cap is probably something which would help make the SPL much more competitive the way it has gone with those two powerhouses, but, to be honest, it's never going to happen.

"If I'd stayed in Scotland all I could have hoped for was a run in the Cups and possibly third place. So this has been something else for me, I'm so happy to have the experience of winning a trophy having worked so hard throughout the season for it and all the celebrations which have accompanied it all."

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