Acton returns to Roar as injury replacement

Goalkeeper Matthew Acton has returned to Brisbane Roar as an injury replacement for Michael Theo who broke his wrist in training two weeks ago.

The Townsville-born custodian spent seven years with the reigning A-League champions before a mutual parting of the ways in May.

Acton has just finished a stint in Myanmar where he played 14 matches and helped Yangon United to second in the Myanmar National League.

Theo is expected to be sidelined for at least two months, opening the door for the 22-year-old to join Jamie Young in the club’s goalkeeping ranks on the eve of the 2014/15 season.

Head Coach Mike Mulvey said despite the unfortunate injury to the five-time A-League winner Theo, he was pleased to welcome Acton back.

“Matt has just spent almost a full season playing football overseas, he’s match fit and in good shape so he’s a great injury replacement player to have in our squad,” Mulvey said.

“I think it also says a lot about the relationship between club and player to see him come back when we were in need of another goalkeeper.”

Acton arrived in Brisbane on Thursday and linked up with his former teammates for training over the weekend.

The young gloveman said he was looking forward to working under Mulvey and the club’s goalkeeper coach Jason Kearton once more.

“I’m happy to be back - the timing worked out well with the league in Myanmar finishing two weeks ago,” Acton said.

“Obviously everyone loves to be able to represent for their home town club and to come back to a place I’m very familiar with, that made the decision a lot easier.”

Acton, a product of the Queensland Academy of Sport, made two appearances for the Queensland outfit last season while Theo was ruled out with a shoulder injury, and was the 100th player to appear for the club.

Roar begin the defence of their A-League crown on Sunday October 12 at home to Adelaide United.