Henrique must wait for Roar deal

21 February 2018 07:55:07 EST

Brisbane Roar have held the door open for former fan favourite Henrique to earn a contract, but it won't happen until next season.

The Brazilian-born 32-year-old returned to Australia last month after leaving Thai League 2 side Jumpasri United.

He will train with the Roar for the rest of the season in the hope of being handed a contract.

A financial issue led to him leaving Jumpasri, who he'd joined after a spell with Thai Premier League outfit Chiangrai United.

Henrique won three championships in the space of four seasons with Brisbane in his first stint at Suncorp Stadium, as well as helping the club to two Premier's Plate wins.

He played for the Roar between 2009-2016, making 136 appearances and scoring 39 goals including the winner against Western Sydney in the 2014 Grand Final.

Brisbane coach John Aloisi invited him to train with the club for the rest of the campaign, but managing director David Pourre confirmed he won't play this season.

If he's to play in the remainer of this campaign it's likely to be in the NPL Queensland with either Lions or Moreton Bay United.

Pourre said "Ricky (Henrique) will always be part of fabric of the Roar. We're a family at this club and he's very much a part of it.

"If things go accordingly, Ricky might well play for us again, but not this season. Next season is a chance."

Speaking of the winger, Brisbane defender Jade North said his presence at training sessions was much appreciated.

"Ricky's a quality player, and he's loved by the club - it's just great having him back," added North, who will come up against his former club Newcastle in Saturday's league clash.

Brisbane are 12121/1 to win the Grand Final.

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