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[19 APR 00] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Breen Prepares To Battle Back

Gary Breen, so often Coventry City's stop-gap centre back, says he is determined to prove that he is the number one centre half in the club.

Breen has had to take a backseat, firstly to Paul Williams and Richard Shaw and now there is another hurdle, in the burly shape or Scotland skipper Colin Hendry.

But the Irishman, who has collected more than thirty caps for his country, despite finding it difficult to gain a regular Premier League place, is undaunted by the competition.

He said:

"I had a few niggling injuries and I missed some of the early games, because I was away playing for Ireland as we tried to qualify for Euro 2000.

"Hopefully after a break in the summer I can try to reclaim my place as the No.1 centre half.

I am pleased that the Republic of Ireland stuck by me when I was not in our first team and I look forward to winning more international caps starting with the forthcoming matches against Holland and Portugal."

Coventry's manager Gordon Strachan's preferred centre back pairing at the start of the campaign was Paul Williams and Richard Shaw and Breen's first game of the season did not arrive until November.

He then had a long run alongside Williams until Shaw returned from injury in February.

Now that Hendry has been signed from Glasgow Rangers and has gone straight into the side, the Irishman has another problem.

But since his move from Birmingham City he has shown a resilience of character that has enabled him to climb every obstacle in his path.

Saturday's match at West Ham United will be his 98th for the club and with three games to the end of the season, he has every chance of reaching the century mark.
   

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