Avram Papadopoulos of the Brisbane Roar.
Avram Papadopoulos of the Brisbane Roar. ALBERT PEREZ

Roar re-signs key defensive duo

FOOTBALL: The Brisbane Roar has announced the re-signing of Greek international defender Avram Papadopoulos and championship-winning goalkeeper Michael Theo.

Melbourne-born key defender Papadopoulos started seven games after making his Roar debut late last season and will continue to shore up the middle of Brisbane's defence along with fellow centre-backs Jade North, Luke DeVere and Daniel Bowles.

"Avram is a fantastic footballer who from day one has embraced our culture and style of play," coach John Aloisi said.

"There is no doubt he will bolster our already strong defensive line.

"He is a leader who will give our side greater flexibility at the back for the 2017-18 season."


Roy Krishna of the Phoenix scores a goal against Michael Theo of the Roar during the round 21 A-League match between Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, on Saturday, Feb 25, 2017. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Goalkeeper Michael Theo of the Roar tries to stop a shot from Roy Krishna of the Phoenix. GLENN HUNT

Theo is the A-League's most successful keeper, having never lost a grand final, and has been between the posts for all three of Brisbane's championship victories.

Aloisi believes Theo's commitment, professionalism and experience will be invaluable for the Roar side during the upcoming campaign.

"To have the most successful goalkeeper in Hyundai A-League history in our team gives us great confidence," Aloisi said.

"Michael continues to be an important member of our squad, and I know he is determined to help the team be successful in 2017-18." 

The Roar's successful shot-stopper has made 152 appearances in orange, the fourth-highest total in the club's history.