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Culina prepares for clash with dad

GOLD Coast captain Jason Culina insists he's more focused on getting another win for his A-League soccer-leading side than earning bragging rights over his father when he faces the Newcastle Jets on Sunday.

In a rarity for professional sport, the 29-year-old Socceroos midfielder will face a team coached by his father Branko when the sides meet at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

Both have been keen to play down the match-up, although they were undoubtedly set for some pre-match banter with Culina visiting his father last night.

“I'm actually staying at his house tonight,” said Culina, in Sydney to promote the Socceroos' clash with the Netherlands in October.

“But look, for me and for Dad, it's just another game.

“At the end of the day, it's another three points. So I'm just going to prepare like I normally do and not make a big deal about it.”

It won't be the first time the two have met in these circumstances, with Branko Culina coaching the Canberra Cosmos in the old NSL when Jason was playing for Sydney United over a decade ago.

“I did score in that game. Just thought I'd mention that,” Culina smiled.

Culina said the first seven games would be important for the Coast with five away games.



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