Aloisi rules out Henrique deal

08 February 2018 19:37:02 GMTPlus10

Former fans favourite Henrique won't be returning to Brisbane Roar this season says head coach John Aloisi.

The 32-year-old would be available as a free agent and as he's already acquired Australian citizenship he wouldn't be counted as an import, but the Roar boss has ruled out bringing him back to the club at this stage.

Henrique has been keen to link back up with Brisbane after ill-fated stints in Thailand and Iran, but it's fitness concerns that have led the Roar to hold off on offering him a contract.

Aloisi said: "Ricky's produced so much joy for the Roar and our supporters. Even in the first season I was here, he was coming back from an ACL injury and he did exceptionally well for us, and for me in particular.

"It was a pity that he ended up leaving - I think he regrets it now.

"But he hasn't played since June, so it's definitely not on for this season, because by the time we get him to the level of fitness (required), the season's over."

Brisbane haven't dismissed the idea of signing Henrique in the off-season but in the meantime the player - who spent eight seasons with the Roar from 2009 - is likely to turn to state-league football and is understood to be in talks with at least one NPL Queensland side.

Henrique scored 39 goals in 147 games for Brisbane, helping the club secure three championships in the space of four seasons as well as twice winning the Premier's Plate.

The Roar areĀ 5.00 to win their next game against Melbourne Victory, who are 1.61, with the draw 4.33.

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