Matt Acton returns to Brisbane Roar for the new A-League season
Australian champions Brisbane Roar have welcomed goalkeeper Matthew Acton back to the club on a short-term contract as replacement for veteran Michael Theo, who broke his wrist in training two weeks ago.
Townsville-born Acton, 22, spent seven years at the Roar before a mutual parting in May two days after the 2014 A-League Grand Final against Western Sydney Wanderers.
He recently completed a brief stint with Yangon United FC in the Myanmar National League. Acton started all 14 of the club's matches since his arrival and kept a clean sheet in five of those to help them finish second. Acton is the first Australian goalkeeper to play in the elite league of Myanmar.
Acton won three A-League titles with the Roar as Theo's understudy. However, he made only two first-team appearances for the club -- both of which were during the 2013-14 season when a shoulder injury had ruled Theo out.
However, with Theo expected to be sidelined for at least eight weeks, Acton can hope to play more. He will joins Jamie Young in Brisbane Roar's keeper ranks for the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
"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," said Brisbane Roar head coach Mike Mulvey. "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 said: "I'm happy to be back. The timing worked out well with the league in Myanmar finishing two weeks ago. Obviously everyone loves to be able to represent their hometown club and to come back to a place I'm very familiar with. That made the decision a lot easier."
Acton was capped at the under-20 level by Australia, even though he was eligible to play for either Finland or England through his parents.
Acton told ESPN FC recently that his brief stint with Yangon United had helped him grow as a footballer.
Brisbane Roar begin their A-League 2014-15 campaign on Oct. 12 at home to Adelaide United.