Brendan Gan

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Brendan Gan
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Brendan Gan playing for Sydney
Personal information
Full name Brendan Gan
Date of birth (1988-06-03) 3 June 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Sutherland Shire, Malaysia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender, Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kelantan
Number 7
Youth career
0000–1999 Marton Hammers
2000–2007 Sutherland Sharks
2008–2009 Sydney
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Sutherland Sharks 23 (7)
2008–2011 Sydney 41 (5)
2011–2012 Bonnyrigg White Eagles 20 (2)
2012–2013 Sabah 12 (2)
2013–2014 Rockdale City Suns 25 (3)
2014– Kelantan 18 (0)
National team
2014– Malaysia 0 (0)
2014– Malaysia U23 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2014

Brendan Gan (born 3 June 1988) is an Australian-born Malaysian footballer who plays for Kelantan in the Malaysia Super League.

Club career[edit]

Gan began playing football for his local club, the Marton Hammers before he signed for the Sutherland Sharks in 2000 when he was twelve years old and came up through their youth grades to make his senior debut for the club in 2008. It was this debut season that shot Gan to prominence within the local media which brought with it a growing reputation to match.[1] He did not disappoint with dazzling performances week in week out which eventually led him to being crowned the New South Wales Premier League player of the year, taking out the Gold Medal award for the competition.[2]

Sydney FC[edit]

He was signed by Sydney FC for their inaugural National Youth League squad ahead of competition from rival A-League clubs.[3][4]

On 28 November 2008, Gan made his debut for Sydney FC against Queensland Roar with a 5 minute cameo where he caught the eye. [5][6]

On 7 December, he scored the winning goal in the 78th minute for Sydney FC against the Newcastle Jets to give them their first win in 7 games.[7]

Gan was given his full senior debut on 13 December against Central Coast Mariners.[8] He scored his second senior goal against Melbourne Victory with a long range strike from outside the penalty area.[9]

Gan scored his third senior goal against Wellington Phoenix with a powerful header from a corner. This goal gave Sydney FC a 2–0 win over Wellington and placed them on the top of the table, leapfrogging Gold Coast United.

On 2 December 2010, in only his second start for the season, he scored the opening goal in a 3–1 win, once again over Wellington Phoenix.

He was released from Sydney, along with several other players at the end of Sydney's 2011 Asian Champions League campaign.[10]

Bonnyrigg White Eagles[edit]

Gan signed for Bonnyrigg White Eagles in the NSW Premier League,[11] and made his debut in the Round 15 game against Sydney United.[12]

Sabah FA[edit]

On 17 November 2011, Brendan joined the Malaysian club, Sabah FA as one of the two foreign players allowed in the 2012 Malaysia Super League. Brendan, alongside his fellow countrymen, Michael Baird signed a one year contract with Sabah.[13]

Rockdale City Suns[edit]

Brendan signed with Rockdale City Suns FC NSW Premier League the next season since no contract extension was offered by Sabah. With this opportunity, he confirmed his intention to return to the A-League. [14]

Kelantan FA[edit]

On November 2013, Brendan returned to Malaysia and signed three years contract with Kelantan FA. He was supposed to be registered as a local player for Kelantan FA but did not get the approval from FAM because FAM any player to be registered as local player required to have Malaysian identity card or passport. On 6 April,he officially obtained an identity card and registered by Kelantan FA as a local player on April transfer window.[15][16][17][18]

He made his debut during the match between Kelantan FA against Terengganu FA which ended with both side had a draw 1–1

In the first game of the 2015 Malaysia Super League Gan suffered a serious torn ACL that will keep him out for most of the 2015 season.[19]

International career[edit]

Brendan has not been capped for Australia nor Malaysia. Brendan is eligible to play for Australia as his birth country. He is also eligible to play for Malaysia through parentage. He has decided to play for the Malaysia[20]

Honours[edit]

Sydney FC

Sutherland Sharks

Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC

  • NSW Premier Championship:Runner Up 2012
  • NSW Premier League Premierships:2012
  • NSW Premier League Club Championship:2012
  • White Eagles Cup:Runner Up 2012

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