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Veteran Theo wants to play into 40s

AAP logoAAP 22/11/2016 Vince Rugari

Veteran Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Michael Theo has declared he wants to keep playing into his 40s after producing his best A-League performance in years.

Theo was Brisbane's standout in Saturday's 1-1 draw with ladder leaders Sydney FC, making five key saves to keep his side in the contest.

The 35-year-old is off contract at the end of the season but says it feels good to remind people what he's capable of after two injury-wrecked years at the Roar.

"It was a busy day in the office. It was great to make some crucial saves, particularly in the first half," Theo told reporters on Tuesday.

"Particularly for me, I've been frustrated with the past two years in terms of injury.

"It's just a matter of getting games under my belt and progressively, that's improving and as a team we're getting better. But there's plenty more in us."

It was a timely display, too, given Theo made an error last week that cost the Roar a win over Adelaide United and gave hope to back-up gloveman Jamie Young, who continues to snap at his heels.

A five-time A-League championship winner, Theo says he has no intention of slowing and believes he can match the feats of older goalkeepers like Mark Schwarzer, who continued long after their outfield contemporaries have retired.

"I've always done the right things on and off the field," he said.

"Obviously you're going to get injuries throughout your career but (for me) they came all at once.

"It was very frustrating but now I feel I'm back to where I was. Mentally I had a bit of a freshener, physically I feel fantastic.

"You see the likes of Mark Schwarzer and in this league, (Thomas) Sorensen is still playing, Ante Covic played until he was 41.

"There's great goalkeepers out there who have done well and if you look after yourself, there's no reason why you can't kick on."

The third-placed Roar take on Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium on Friday night.

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