Theoklitos Brisbane bound

Brisbane Roar’s planning for next season continues to gather momentum with the club announcing the signing of former back-to-back Hyundai A-League goalkeeper of the year Michael Theoklitos to a three-year contract.

Brisbane Roar-s planning for next season continues to gather momentum with the club announcing the signing of former back-to-back Hyundai A-League goalkeeper of the year Michael Theoklitos to a three-year contract.

The former Melbourne Victory shot-stopper brings plenty of experience to Brisbane, having won two Hyundai A-League titles with his former club before trying his luck in England.

Theoklitos joins the club after a season in England-s League One with Norwich City.

The 29-year-old said he was relishing the opportunity to be part of an “exciting” chapter in the club-s history.

“The opportunity to join the Brisbane Roar is an exciting prospect,” Theoklitos said.

“I know there-s a lot of rebuilding and it is a great opportunity for me to come back home and be involved in what I believe will be a successful team.

“It-s a very young and exciting team.

“With Ange Postecoglou being at the club I-m looking forward to the opportunity to be working with him.

“Whenever I played against Brisbane Roar I always enjoyed playing at Suncorp Stadium and the atmosphere the fans create.”

While things didn-t go entirely to plan for the talented gloveman in England, he believes his continued hard work and belief have been the driving forces behind securing an opportunity with the Roar.

“For me it was just a matter of playing again and being happy,” he said. “I-ve learnt a lot about myself.

“Football is a funny game and sometimes it doesn-t go your way, it-s just about how you handle matters.

“You just have to keep working hard and eventually things will turn.

“For me, this has been the thing which has turned for me.”

Theoklitos will join his new team mates for pre-season training in May as the squad begins preparations for the Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season.

MICHAEL THEOKLITOS

D.O.B: February 11, 1981

Height: 1.86m

Previous clubs: Bulleen Inter Kings (1998-2000), Bulleen Zebras (2000), South Melbourne (2000-01), Bulleen Zebras (2001), Football Kingz (2001-02), Blackpool (2002-03), South Melbourne (2003-04), Bulleen Zebras (2004), Melbourne Victory (2005-09), Norwich City (2009-10).

Honours: Hyundai A-League Goalkeeper of the Year (2006/07, 2007/08), Hyundai A-League Premier (2006/07, 2008/09), Hyundai A-League Champion (2006/07, 2008/09)