After standing between the posts for all seven of Brisbane Roar’s training games this pre-season, shot-stopper Michael Theoklitos can speak with authority when he claims his squad are gearing up nicely in time for the start of the Hyundai A-League season in early October.
After standing between the posts for all seven of Brisbane Roar-s training games this pre-season, shot-stopper Michael Theoklitos can speak with authority when he claims his squad are gearing up nicely in time for the start of the Hyundai A-League season in early October.
Sharing goalkeeper duties with fellow custodian Andrew Redmayne throughout the pre-season matches, Theoklitos- towering presence in the penalty area has made it easy for him to keep a close eye on the progress of the rest of the team.
“We-re coming along very well, it-s just a matter of the new boys getting used to the way we play and the systems we have in place,” the current Hyundai A-League Goalkeeper of the Year said.
“We have to keep practising and improving them and I-ve been working hard on my communication with the backline with the new boys in there.
“We need to get that understanding going and I need to make sure I-m doing my job and they are doing theirs.”
Brisbane Roar face current Brisbane Premier League leaders Wynnum Wolves on Wednesday night with Theoklitos welcoming the tough competition he feels the runaway league leaders will bring to the midweek clash.
Wolves are 11 points clear at the top of the BPL ladder but suffered only their second defeat of the season at the hands of Olympic FC on the weekend but will be keen to bounce back and regain their form against the Hyundai A-League Champions.
“We-re building up towards the A-League season and we want to make sure we are more than ready for it,” he said.
“Our competition is going to start getting harder and harder and that-s good because we don-t just want one-way traffic, we want teams to really pressure us and make us work hard.
“Wynnum are top of the Premier League so they-ll be confident but we just can-t wait for Wednesday-s game and another big test on our pre-season calendar.”
Brisbane Roar take on BPL league leaders Wynnum Wolves on Wednesday 3 August at Carmichael Park, Tingalpa. Kick-off is at 7pm with player signings from 5-5.50pm. Entry is free.