Star keeper upbeat as contract extension looms

On the eve of his 150th Hyundai A-League game for Brisbane Roar, in-form goalkeeper Michael Theo has revealed he hopes to sign a new contract soon.

The veteran gloveman is set to reach the milestone when he starts for Brisbane away to Perth Glory on Saturday night.

Theo is in his seventh season with Roar and has won three championships with the club, and having missed large chunks of games over the past two seasons, the 36-year-old reckons he has a few more years left in him.

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Despite having yet to re-sign with Brisbane beyond this season, Theo made it clear on Friday that he wants to stay.

“I’ve been here for seven years, going on eight next year and I’m excited to stay on,” he told reporters.

Keeper: Michael Theo - Brisbane Roar

“We’re in the process of speaking with the club, so I’m that will get sorted sooner rather than later but, as I said, I’ve been settled here, I love the club, I love the environment that we have here.”

This week’s game at nib Stadium is Roar’s sixth of 10 in the space of 37 days, with John Aloisi’s side in the midst of an AFC Champions League (ACL) campaign and also jostling for positions in the Hyundai A-League’s top six.

Brisbane’s boss will be forced to juggle his squad over the next couple of months and he has confirmed his plan is to rotate goalkeepers Theo and Jamie Young for the two competitions.

With Jack Hingert (ankle), Corey Brown (hamstring) and Daniel Bowles (knee) unavailable for the trip to Western Australia, Roar could have two 17-year-old full-backs involved against Glory.

Dane Ingham started at right-back in last week’s 2-2 draw away to Melbourne City, while Connor O’Toole is in line to cover Brown at left-back.

Despite preparing to face one of the A-League’s more physical sides in Perth, Aloisi isn’t worried about testing his youngsters.

“Physically last year we probably struggled against Perth,” he said.

“This year, we played them in pre-season for a reason and we beat them. We played them up here, we beat them – physically we’re fine.”

Theo expects a challenging battle between third and fifth in the A-League.

#PERvBRI - There have been 15 goals scored in the last three Hyundai A-League games between these two in Perth, an average of five per game.

“They’ve [Glory] obviously hit their straps of late and playing over there it’s going to be a tough game but one that we’re looking forward to,” the goalkeeper said.

Brisbane’s new signing Avram Papadopoulos will arrive on Saturday but Aloisi conceded “it’s hard to say” what his fitness level will be like after over three months without a game.