Brisbane Roar has moved quickly to fill the visa spot set to be vacated by stalwart Henrique with the imminent arrival of another Spanish midfielder, Javier Hervas.
Fresh off the impressive recruitment of former La Liga veteran Corona last week, the Roar has signed Hervas, who has been a free agent since he was released by La Liga club, Sevilla in July.
The 26 year-old made only nine appearances for Sevilla, spending the majority of his time with the club on loan, most recently at third-tier Sabadell.
Hervas is scheduled to land in Brisbane on Wednesday and will undergo a medical later in the day.
Having been out of contract for so long, he is a long way from being match-fit and it will most likely be weeks before he makes an impact on the first team.
But the Spaniard does add further depth to the Roar's midfield stocks, which needed replenishment after the losses of Luke Brattan and Adam Sarota.
Hervas rounds off Brisbane's impressive foreign contingent for the season, which also features midfielder Corona, Costa Rican striker Jean Carlos Solorzano and German pair Jerome Polenz and Thomas Broich.
Sao Paolo born winger Henrique, 30, will receive his Australian citizenship on Wednesday, allowing coach John Aloisi the opportunity to further strengthen his squad with another import.
Currently sidelined until at least late November as he recovers from knee surgery, Henrique has played the last six seasons with the Roar, making 118 appearances and scoring 31 goals in all competitions.
Otherwise known as 'The Slippery Fish', Henrique has been at the centre of several iconic moments in the short history of the Brisbane club.
He scored a goal in extra time and the winning penalty in the 2010-2011 A-League grand final against Central Coast Mariners, and then provided the winning goal in extra time of the 2013-2014 decider against Western Sydney Wanderers.
"It's great for him and great for the club as well. Ricky's been here for a long period now and it's great for everyone involved in Brisbane Roar," Aloisi said.