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No homecoming for former Victory star.

Former A-League Goalkeeper of the Year Michael Theoklitos won’t be signing with new franchise the Melbourne Heart next season but is set for a loan move away from Norwich City in January.

The 28 year-old has made just one appearance for the League One outfit since joining them from reigning A-League champions the Melbourne Victory; a disastrous debut appearance during which he conceded seven times.

Since then he has failed to work his way back into manager Paul Lambert’s first team, the Canaries on a ten-match winning streak and currently eight points off league leaders Leeds United.

Confirming that he did have an approach from an unnamed side, Lambert also stated that Theoklitos has personally ruled out a return home, the 'keeper having reportedly attracted the interest of the Heart franchise.

“Michael doesn't want to go back to Australia, so that was as far as it went,” Lambert told the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press.

“He doesn't want to go back there. As I said last time, he's got to go and get playing somewhere to get his career up and running. It's all very well sitting here and thinking I'm just going to sit here.

“He works hard in training, doesn't give me an ounce of a problem. He might not like me because he's not playing, but that's the way it goes sometimes.”

While Lambert praised the attitude of the 28 year-old, he confirmed that his immediate future lies away from Carrow Road.

“He's at an age where he has to play,” said Lambert. “He's an experienced goalkeeper and what happened to him here on the first day and the Gillingham thing, and Fraser Forster has been exceptional for us.

“Michael's agent does his work for him and that's what he's paid to do allegedly, so if he's good at his job he might get him somewhere.”

Theoklitos has failed to make the bench for Norwich’s last five league fixtures, falling in the pecking order behind first-choice ‘keeper Fraser Forster and back-up Jed Steer.

Chris Paraskevas, Goal.com


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