Muscat and Theoklitos still to commit to Melbourne Victory
Inspirational captain Kevin Muscat and brilliant goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos have not yet signed new deals with the Victory who would love to tie up the duo after securing the services of Costa Rican playmaker Carlos Hernandez yesterday.
The club confirmed that discussions with Muscat were ongoing but a deal would be struck soon.
"Kevin is such an important part of Melbourne Victory. He means so much to us and we're still in some very serious negotiations," Victory football operations manager Gary Cole said.
"We're working out at it, and I can only stress how important it is to get the job done," Cole added.
"All I know is we really want to make that happen and hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later."
In the case of Theoklitos, a hip operation has been his main concern recently and there is also the dangling carrot of a European contract hanging over his head.
Victory coach Ernie Merrick said the 28-year old was still weighing up his options so in the meantime they bought in back up.
"I'm not sure what will happen in Michael's situation," Merrick said.
"He has aspirations to go overseas and any player who's gone overseas we've helped. That will work itself over the next few weeks.
"We've got two tremendous back-up goalkeepers in Mitch (Langerak), who is playing better than ever and New Zealand national team goalkeeper Glenn Moss."