Michael Theo says Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha will always be part of the Brisbane Roar family ahead of his maiden visit to his former club on Friday night.
Berisha spent three seasons at Brisbane, making 83 appearances, scoring 50 goals and winning two A-League championships and one Premier’s Plate.
On Friday, he returns to Suncorp Stadium with second-placed Melbourne Victory for the first time to face his former teammates.
The reception the Roar crowd give the enigmatic Albanian striker will be a talking point, but Brisbane goalkeeper Theo insisted he would always hold a place at the club.
“Bes will be part of the Brisbane Roar family forever,” Theo said.
“We love him, he’s been fantastic, he had a fantastic time here, he helped us win a couple of titles.
“Tomorrow he obviously plays for another team, so for 90 minutes he’ll be doing the best for his team.
“After those 90 minutes, we’ll sit down and catch up with him, but on the park it’ll be business as usual.”
Earlier this week, Berisha was cited under the FFA National Code of Conduct for an alleged gesture during last Saturday’s Big Blue 3-3 draw.
The incident was the latest drama involving the fiery and opinion-splitting Albanian, but Theo said he wasn’t expecting any antics from his former teammate.
“No, no, we’ve loved him,” Theo said.
“From the time he had here, we know the character he is.
“He’s a winner, so hopefully we can keep him quiet. It’s a tough ask. We’ll do our best.”
Theo missed Roar’s first 13 matches this campaign due to a wrist injury suffered on the eve of the season.
The 34-year-old custodian’s return to the Brisbane side has coincided with their run of three wins since the Asian Cup break.
“It’s good to get back into that game rhythm and get that back,” he said.
“I’ve been training so much. It’s good to get back to that match sharpness.
“And having three wins helps to get that confidence back.”
Roar can close to within two points of fifth-placed Sydney FC with a win over Berisha’s Victory.comments