A look at Brebner's Victory impact

Melbourne Victory announced Grant Brebner as its interim Head Coach late last week, following Carlos Salvachua's decision to return to Europe.

Brebner, who had been Assistant Manager under Salvachua, takes the reigns for the remainder of the 2019/20 Hyundai A-League season.

Arriving from Dundee United in 2006, Brebner immediately became an integral part of Victory’s midfield.

Before departing the club as a player in 2012, the Scotsman made 119 Hyundai A-League appearances and recorded a number of achievements.

Debut season double

In his debut season with Melbourne, Brebner started 21 games and helped the club secure its first A-League Premiership and Championship.

The former midfielder played a vital role in the 2006/07 A-League Grand Final, as Victory celebrated an emphatic 6-0 win over Adelaide United.

With two minutes to go in Round 12 and the score at 0-0, the Scotsman opened his account with a 25-yard rocket – sealing a memorable win over Perth.


“We didn’t score a lot of goals,” Brebner said to Leigh Broxham – reflecting on that goal. “You hold them pretty dear to your heart because they don’t come around too often.”

Victory Medal

At the end of the 2010/11 season, the veteran midfielder was named the recipient of the Victory Medal.

With 31 votes Brebner claimed the honour ahead of Robbie Kruse and Rody Vargas, who gained 27 and 16 votes respectively.

The Victory Medallist made 24 appearances in 2010/11, as Melbourne finished fifth on the A-League ladder.

 

The 2008/09 double

Two years after securing the club’s first silverware, Brebner influenced another double-winning season.

Brebner featured in 20 games and contributed two goals towards Victory’s second Premiers Plate – beating Adelaide on goal difference.

Victory also fought off Adelaide in the Grand Final, with Brebner making a cameo appearance in the 1-0 win.