BRISBANE Roar have received a boost ahead of Sunday's home match against Perth Glory with in-form Henrique signing a three-year contract extension today.
The club say the contract is just reward for the Brazilian winger, who has helped his team to third place on the ladder with some electrifying performances in the opening stages of the A-League season.
After the 23-year-old signed a one-year deal at the end of last season, Roar chief executive Peter McLennan said he had quickly shown signs of a very bright future at the club.
"You can see his current form, he's a major player and he's offering us plenty moving forward in attack," McLennan said. "He's a menace for most defences and we're extremely excited to have him on board for another three years."
Brisbane coach Frank Farina said since Henrique arrived in Brisbane at the end of last season, he had been impressed with both his technical ability and work-ethic.
"He's shown that he not only adds something to the team but I think going forward he's just going to get better," Farina said. "If he lost possession of the ball he would be the first one to chase after it and that for me shows a player's character, how they will perform.
"They're the sort of players we want to try to keep at this club."
The former Formiga player is still learning English but made clear his delight in extending his tenure with the club to 2013.
"I'm very happy in Australia," he said. "I feel like the club has really opened its arms to me, I've felt comfortable since the first day I arrived," he explained through an interpreter.
"I'm really grateful to Frank Farina and the club to have given me this opportunity. I'll try to do as much as I can to pay that back throughout my remaining three years."
Henrique will look for another good performance this Sunday when Roar take on Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium. The match kicks off at 5pm.