Henrique departs Brisbane

Another long serving Brisbane player was officially confirmed as leaving the club today with the long awaited conformation that Henrique has decided not to extend his contract with the Roar. Instead, after eight years in both Brisbane and the A-League, Henrique has decided for a new challenge in Malaysia with Negeri Sembilan.

“I just want to thank all the people at the club. The coaches, the players, staff and the fans for everything. We have done it together. It was a pleasure being part of the Brisbane Roar family. It’s one chapter on my life finishing and I will start another one. But one thing is for sure, I will never forget the memories we have created. I wish the Brisbane Roar all the very best and see you soon.” Henrique.

After arriving late in the 2008-09 season, Henrique made his debut off the bench for Brisbane in the second leg of the Minor Semi-Final series with Central Coast Mariners. With the Roar up 4-1 on aggregate, Henrique made a late and lively cameo off the bench and followed that up with a simular performance the next week in the Preliminary Final loss to Adelaide.

That resulted in then manager Frank Farina giving Henrique a deal for the following season, before strong early form in that season saw the Brazilian rewarded with a fresh three year contract extension through the 2011-12 season.

The 2009-10 season was a disappointing one for the Roar in general, however one of the few memorable moments of that campaign came from Henrique late in a loss to Melbourne Victory. With the visitors ahead 1-0, Melbourne launched a counter attack only for Henrique to intercept a long ball -which would have sent Archie Thompson through for a 1v1- with his best goalkeeper impersonation.

The next season, under new boss Ange Postecoglou was a far more memorable season, although for Henrique it was one which saw him sidelined for a large part. After a strong challenge from Victory captain Kevin Muscat, Henrique broke his arm in the Roars 3-0 loss –their solitary defeat of the season-, an injury which would keep him out until the penultimate game of the season against North Queensland.

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His return from injury however came at just the right time for Brisbane, and after scoring in the final two games of the regular season Henrique became the hero for the first time this season, with his last gasp goal in the second leg of the major Semi-Final against Central Coast securing the Roars first Grand Final berth while simultaneously preserving a then 26 game unbeaten run.

That Grand Final, once again against Central Coast, was seemingly gone for the Roar before Henrique scored a goal just minutes before the end of extra time to keep Brisbane’s championship hopes alive. After Erik Paartalu’s last second equaliser from a corner, it was time for the penalty shootout, and with the Mariners having missed a pair of spot kicks it was left for Henrique to take the decisive penalty. He scored, low to the keepers right to secure the win.

The next year, after seven goals in 20 games and another stretch where he was cut down with injury, Brisbane were back in the Grand Final but Henrique was substituted midway through the second half as the Roar went on to secure back to back Championships.

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After another injury riddled season in 2012-13, Henrique returned to fitness in the 13-14 season, playing a key role off the bench in Brisbane’s double winning campaign. The biggest contribution came on the final day of the season as he scored the winner in the Grand Final against Western Sydney.

After outjumping Iacopo La Rocca of the Wanderers for a header which landed at the feet of James Donachie, Henrique was left free on the penalty spot, and after controlling the ball he rifled his shot into the roof of the net to secure the Roar’s third Championship.

The 2014-15 season was a good one for Henrique, who went on a regular run in both the side, with seven goals in nine games before a knee injury cut short his season. After undergoing a lengthy rehabilitation period, Henrique returned this year in the round six clash against Perth scoring just minutes into his return to action, with the emotional reaction becoming one of the moments of the season.

This season was another typical Henrique season with 8 goals in 24 appearances, including typical energetic and game changing performances off the bench. In his 142nd and final game for Brisbane, Henrique came off the bench to set up a late equaliser against Western Sydney to send the Semi-Final to extra time.

All up Henrique departs Brisbane after 142 appearances over eight and a bit seasons, and is one of just ten players to have played 100 games for the Roar. His 39 goals over that span leaves him second all time on the goal scoring charts, and his five goals in the A-League Finals is the most of any Brisbane player. Best of luck in the future.

Henrique de Andrade Silva
Player Number: 56
Debut: Minor Semi-Final Leg 2, 2009/10
Games: 91 (51)
Goals: 39
Honours: 3x Championship winner (2010/11, 2011/12 & 2013/14), 2x Premiership winner (2010/11 & 2013/14).

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