Henrique after Roar’s win over the Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2014 A-League grand final. Picture: Jono Searle.
Henrique after Roar’s win over the Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2014 A-League grand final. Picture: Jono Searle.

A fond farewell from the Slippery Fish

Departing Brisbane Roar stalwart Henrique is saddened by the club's current plight, but insists the future is bright for the struggling three-time A-League champions.

Suffering from the dreaded osteitis pubis, the man dubbed "Slippery Fish" has played his last game for the Roar.

It's not the way Henrique wanted to finish his decorated Roar career, but he insists he's leaving the club on good terms.

"I have nothing bad to say about the club, only good things," the Brazilian-Australian livewire told The Courier-Mail.

Roar champion Henrique has played his last game for the club. Picture: Getty Images
Roar champion Henrique has played his last game for the club. Picture: Getty Images

"I have great memories playing with the Roar, and I will never forget them."

Henrique is the only member of the current Roar squad to have played in club's three championship winning teams.

He rates scoring the extra-time winner in Brisbane's 2-1 grand final win over Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium in 2014 as his career highlight.

"I played, I scored the goal and we won … it was an unbelievable feeling," Henrique said.

The feeling was in stark contrast to the embarrassment of Saturday night when the Roar were spanked 6-1 by Newcastle at the same venue.

It was the latest disaster in what has been the worst season in the club's history.

"It was sad to see us lose 6-1, but you can see the direction of the club," Henrique said.

"They're putting a lot of young players on the park which gives hope for the future.

"It will take time no doubt about it, but the future is bright. Brisbane Roar is about all of us."

"I'm upset that the club didn't have a great season. It's not the results we expected at the beginning, but everything happens for a reason."

Henrique's 177th and final appearance for the Roar in all competitions was Brisbane's 4-1 A-League loss to Melbourne City on April 5.

 

Henrique celebrates after scoring the winning penalty in the  Picture: Nathan Richter
Henrique celebrates after scoring the winning penalty in the Picture: Nathan Richter

 

Having entered the contest the start of the second half, the 33-year-old livewire was forced off in the 78th minute with a groin injury he knew was going to signal the end of his Brisbane career.

"I knew something wasn't right. I was sad because I would've have loved to have finished here playing and trying to get a few wins, and finish on a high, but it was impossible," he said.

 

Henrique in action against Melbourne City in round 5 in what was his last game for the club. Picture: AAP
Henrique in action against Melbourne City in round 5 in what was his last game for the club. Picture: AAP

"It can be a long term injury. I need to fix my body."

If Henrique can get fit again, he hasn't ruled out continuing his career elsewhere.

"I'll take the time to think about it. I'll be looking at any opportunity now as a player, when I get better, and as a coach as well. I'll do my coaching badges.

"I will stay in Brisbane in the meantime. My life is here with my family. I'll recover here and I'll wait for the opportunity to arise and then I will make my decision."

News Corp Australia


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