Archie inks new deal

Striker Archie Thompson has signed a new three-year deal with Melbourne Victory on the eve of his return from a long injury layoff.

Striker Archie Thompson has signed a new three-year deal with Melbourne Victory on the eve of his return from a long injury layoff.

And Thompson, who is due to return soon after seriously injuring his knee during last season's grand final against Sydney FC, isn't conceding that this new deal will be his last.

"I've still got a few good years left after that and if I do everything right I can see myself playing on," said 32-year-old Thompson.

"I've been here since day one and I just want to keep winning things and I know this is the club to do it."

"This has always been the place where I wanted to stay."

Thompson has been delighted with his recovery from the injury and having dominated at training in recent weeks he hasn't given up hope of making his comeback on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium against Gold Coast United.

"I'm feeling good and I've been training well the last few weeks," he said.

"I'll see how I pull up after the training session today but I would like to think that I'd be a part of the squad."

"I'm keen to get out there, whether it be this week or next week."

But if Thompson is to play this week he'll first have to convince coach Ernie Merrick that he's right to go.

"The medical staff are all really keen to get him out there and he's probably been our top goalscorer at training for the last three or four weeks as well," said Merrick.

"He's keen, but I'm the one holding him back at the moment and I won't make a decision until tomorrow."