An old adversary might be waiting for the Jets at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday as Brisbane Roar strive to put a dent in Newcastle’s top-two ambitions.
Brazilian winger Henrique, a three-time grand final winner, has re-joined the Roar after a 13-game stint with Adelaide and unsatisfying ventures in Thailand and Iran.
The 32-year-old was initially expected to train and trial for a contract next season, after Brisbane coach John Aloisi said two weeks ago the prospect of him signing immediately was “definitely not on”.
But the Roar announced on Thursday that a deal had been agreed with the long-time fan favourite and he would be available for selection for Saturday's clash with the Jets.
His return might cause some nerves for Newcastle’s defenders, given that he has scored six goals against the Jets in 16 games, including a hat-trick in Brisbane’s 4-0 win at McDonald Jones Stadium in November, 2014.
Only eight players in A-League history have found the net more regularly against Newcastle than the man Brisbane fans call the “Slippery Fish”.
In 149 A-League games over eight seasons, Henrique has scored 42 goals, the most memorable being the extra-time winner against Western Sydney in the 2013-14 championship decider.
Henrique told AAP he had been “dreaming” about a return to Brisbane, who are in desperate need of a win on Saturday to bridge the four-point gap between themselves and sixth-placed Western Sydney.
"I always wanted to return to the Brisbane Roar and I'm so happy that this day has come," Henrique said on Thursday.
"The fans have a special place in my heart and I know I have a special place in their hearts.
"I can't wait to play in front of our supporters, and I promise I will do my very best to reward the fans and the club.
"I would like to thank John Aloisi, the coaching staff and everyone involved in making this happen and giving me this opportunity."
Aloisi said he was delighted to have Henrique back.
"Having seen him in action at training this week and speaking to Riki personally, I know how hungry he is to help us be successful this season and we are rapt to have him back," he said.
"He's played a significant role in our club's successful past and I'm sure he can't wait to get back out onto Suncorp Stadium this weekend."
Meanwhile, struggling Central Coast still have 21 A-League points to play for and none more important than the three that could help them avoid a second wooden spoon in three years.
In ninth and on equal points with last-placed Wellington, the Mariners sorely need a bargain from Friday night's basement battle with the Phoenix in Gosford.
Winless in 11 games and fresh from conceding a two-goal lead against 10 men in Adelaide, Paul Okon's men will face frustrated Mariners fans, who believed this season would mark a return to the finals.