Western Melbourne Group today has signed talented 26-year-old Socceroos defender Josh Risdon on a two-year deal ahead of the club’s historic first season of football in the Hyundai A-League.
Following the signing of superstar marquee and Greek international Panagiotis Kone, Socceroo Risdon becomes Western Melbourne’s first Australian player signing ahead of the club’s inaugural season kicking-off in October this year.
Risdon was part of the Socceroos’ 2019 Asian Cup squad and played a starring role in the national team’s 2018 World Cup campaign in Russia.
The WA talent, who grew up in Bunbury before debuting for his hometown club Perth Glory as an 18-year-old, is moving into the prime of his career. He brings A-League and international experience, despite his relative youth.
With over 160 Hyundai A-League matches for Glory (who he also captained) and Western Sydney Wanderers FC, combined with 14 Socceroo caps, Risdon is one of Australia’s elite right full-backs who has a fabulous future in the national team.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to bring Josh into the Western Melbourne family and we look to him being a leader and mentor to some of the younger players that will be joining the squad.
“Attracting a talented current Socceroo shows our ambition and our commitment to building a competitive squad from the first season that our fans can be proud of,” said a delighted Western Melbourne Group’s Football Director and former Socceroo Steve Horvat.
“Josh is an attacking defender with a fantastic work ethic who we know our fans will love watching. He has an excellent character and we know he’ll fit in with our club very well on and off the park.
Risdon was delighted to join the club as the historic first Australian player for the club’s inaugural season in the Hyundai A-League.
“I’m absolutely stoked to be the first Australian player to join Western Melbourne. With the signing of Panagiotis as the marquee, I can see the club has big ambitions both on the park and off it.
“With their own boutique stadium being built, which I think is a great idea, the club has an exciting future.
“I’m a hard worker who understands that the fans in the West of Melbourne want players who’ll give absolutely 100% for the shirt. I can’t wait to start doing that,” said Risdon, who signs from Western Sydney Wanderers.
The club was one of the two successful bidders announced in December 2018 by FFA.
Western Melbourne will join the Hyundai A-League from the start of the 2019/20 season beginning in October this year.
The club has begun the process of community feedback and online polling to help choose its name and colours.