Former Norwich City keeper Michael Theoklitos back to his best
Former Norwich City keeper Michael Theoklitos believes he has finally put his career back on track after a calamitous Carrow Road stay.
Theoklitos returned to his native Australia to link up with Brisbane Roar after one senior appearance for the Canaries – the embarrassing 7-1 home league defeat to Colchester on the opening day of last season.
Paul Lambert's loan move for Newcastle youngster Fraser Forster signalled the end of Theoklitos' brief stay with his contract terminated by mutual consent just seven months after arriving in Norfolk.
The 29-year-old is now in line to become the first player to win three A-League championships Down Under with Roar currently 11 points clear at the top ahead of the end-of-season play-offs.
'Norwich was a tough period for me but luckily I have laid that episode to bed and I have shown what a capable goalkeeper I am,' he said. 'If anything, my short stay in Norwich taught me a lot as a professional player and a person. It was a lesson in life. It made me hungrier than ever and made me appreciate how important it is to be happy playing football in an environment you like.
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'It definitely changed me. Football in Europe is very different to ours. It is very cut-throat. I got one opportunity and things didn't go my way, a new coach came in and it got tougher. It was a bad experience which I will never forget but it's just a memory now and sometimes you have to put a positive spin to a negative episode in life.'
Theoklitos is enjoying his football again with the all-conquering Roar.
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'It's 19 games undefeated now, which is a magnificent achievement considering it's such an even competition due to the salary cap which is not designed for teams to go on a run,' he said. 'We have the belief. We've shown our strength and character all year round. We are 11 points clear so we are now in a good position where we do not need to get a result in every game so we can work harder on a few things in our game to get it right for the finals. 'I've been fortunate enough to play for two exciting teams but I tell you the way we're playing we could dominate the local game for the next three years.'