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The 24-year old was re-signed by the club last year on a one-year deal and over the past several weeks, the club had been negotiating with the player and his management team, to renew his contract for another two seasons.
Club CEO Peter Filopoulos said contract negotiations with the 24-year old Bunbury born Socceroo and his management, ceased today, after Risdon informed the club of his intentions.
“Despite presenting a very strong offer to Josh and his management, we’ve been advised today that he won’t be renewing his contract for season 2017/18 and beyond,” Filopoulos said.
“We understand Josh is keen to explore life outside of Western Australia, and while we respect his decision, we are extremely disappointed he won’t be wearing the purple kit after season 16/17.”
Risdon said it was a difficult decision to leave the club but admitted it was time for a new challenge.
“This has not been an easy decision. I feel the time is right for me to explore a new adventure and grow in a different environment and move out of my comfort zone in Western Australia,” he said.
“For the past seven years I have bled purple and I owe a lot to Perth Glory and my coaches. It’s here where I have been fortunate to lead the team on the park and as a result earn a berth in the Socceroos.
“I’m a WA boy through and through and hopefully I’ll be back one day to play in front of my family and friends. I’d like to thank the fans who’ve embraced me along the way and I’ll always be grateful for their support.
“In the meantime I’m looking forward to helping the team with its quest for another Hyundai A-League finals campaign and hopefully a third championship.”
Risdon began his professional career with Perth Glory FC in 2010 at the young age of 18 where he has now amassed 127 matches, making him the club’s most capped player in Hyundai A-League history.
Adelaide United’s misery has continued with Guillermo Amor and Jordan O’Doherty both dismissed in a 3-1 defeat to Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Friday night. Andy Keogh scored twice after half-time to cap a Glory fightback after the visitors opened the scoring courtesy of Josh Risdon’s own goal. Rostyn Griffiths quickly equalised for the home side, before Keogh completed the turnaround with his first in the 67th minute. The visitors then had Amor sent from the touchline before winger O’Doherty followed his coach into the sheds for a second yellow just minutes later. Tensions continued to flare until Keogh punished Adelaide on the counter-attack for his second and Perth’s first win in four matches.
GOALS 0-1 Adelaide: Josh Risdon OG, 22’ Isaias did superbly well to find the right-sided Tarek Elrich, whose sharp low pass across the face was bundled into his own net by Josh Risdon. 1-1 Perth: Rostyn Griffiths, 25’ Adelaide were punished for their failure to clear when Rostyn Griffiths drilled a low effort through the outstretched hand of Eugene Galekovic and into the bottom corner. 2-1 Perth: Andy Keogh, 67’ Rostyn Griffiths’ challenge on Eugene Galekovic was adjudged to be play on, allowing Keogh to tuck the loose free-kick into an empty net. 3-1 Perth: Andy Keogh, 90’+5 Adelaide sent everyone forward for a late corner and were punished on the counter-attack as Diego Castro and Nebojsa Marinkovic combined to tee up Keogh for the striker’s second. RED CARD Jordan O’Doherty, 71’ Cautioned for a high-foot in the first half, the young winger was shown a second yellow for a lunging challenge on Glory fullback Josh Risdon. CROWD 10,011 @ nib Stadium
Matthew Ryan ; Josh Risdon ,Trent Sainsbury , Matthew Spiranovic , Brad Smith;Mile Jedinak ,Aaron Mooy,Tom Rogic ;Robbie Kruse,Jamie Maclaren,Mathew Leckie
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The pair have both made the final 23-man squad for the upcoming FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier in Bangkok later this month, announced by Postecoglou on Wednesday.
While the right-back position has been a troublesome area for the national team of late, Risdon and Degenek are both excellent options and – more importantly – are in good form.
“Josh has been in good early season form in the Hyundai A-League with Perth while Milos returned from injury last weekend in Germany so they will come back into the squad,” Postecoglou said after announcing the squad.
“They give us some good balance at right back.”
Degenek had emerged as a leading option for the position after impressing since his debut against England in May.
But an untimely knee injury forced the 22-year-old to miss the most recent qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Japan.
But after making a solid return to domestic action with 1860 Munich in Germany last week, he’s done enough to convince Postecoglou he’s ready for a return to international football.
Risdon, who has three Caltex Socceroos caps to his name, has made a brilliant start to the new Hyundai A-League season with Perth Glory.
He’s played every minute for Kenny Lowe’s side, providing one assist, five crosses, 14 tackles and 16 interceptions.
With the Hyundai A-League being in its off-season until October, the 24-year-old wasn’t considered for the qualifiers last month but is back in the green and gold after a solid opening month of the 2016/17 Season.
Risdon and Degenek are likely to battle for the starting spot against Thailand during the week-long training camp the side will have in Bangkok in the lead-up to the crucial clash.
While both are strong defensively, they also possess the ability to get forward at pace and carry out Postecoglou’s high-intensity game plan.
He replaces England-based defender Bailey Wright, who has been withdrawn due to a toe injury.
Risdon will join his Socceroos team mates in camp this afternoon ahead of the match against Iraq at the Perth Rectangular Stadium on Thursday 1 September and the clash with the UAE in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday week (6 September).
“Bailey has a minor injury that he has been nursing and although he played for Preston overnight we thought it better for him to stay in the UK,” Postecoglou said.
“We have two tough matches in quick succession and will need everyone ready to go.
“Josh Risdon has come into the group recently and equipped himself well and I have no doubt that he will do a job if required over the next two matches.”
The first players in Ange Postecoglou’s 23-man squad started arriving in Perth today as the Caltex Socceroos begin the final Stage of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) World Cup Qualifying alongside Japan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Iraq and the UAE in Group B.
The Perth Glory star earned his third Socceroos cap in last weekend’s loss to England, putting in an assured performance despite not having played a competitive match for over a month.
The 23-year-old right back feels his strengths are well suited to Ange Postecoglou’s system as he seeks to become a regular in the Socceroos quest to qualify for a fourth consecutive World Cup.
“As a fullback I really enjoy the way the boss likes the fullbacks to be really attacking,” Risdon told FFA TV from Socceroos camp in Sydney.
“I think that’s probably my main strength in my game back at Perth.
“I really like to get forward and put balls in the box and help out the wingers and strikers.
“The boss gives us a full license to get forward as much as we can, and I really enjoy that in the set-up.”
The Bunbury-born defender turned down the chance for a move overseas in the off-season when he signed a one-year contract extension with his hometown club back in March.
Having captained Glory towards the backend of last season Risdon is confident the WA club is the best place for his development and to remain in calculations for the national team.
“Being a regular in this team would be unreal for me, that’s what I want to aim for,” said Risdon.
“Playing these games and playing a few more in the coming days would be unreal for me.
“Hopefully I can keep putting in good performances and keep getting named in these squads.”
Risdon will have heavy competition on his hands to retain his place for the two matches against Greece, having started against England last weekend.
China-based defender Ryan McGowan has joined the squad in Sydney, while Milos Degenek, who replaced Risdon in the second-half at the Stadium of Light, has also been added to the squad.
Risdon welcomed the competition and felt the Socceroos were not rewarded for their dominance against the Three Lions, saying it’s something they’d be seeking to remedy on Saturday night.
“The performance was good and very pleasing but ultimately the result was disappointing,” said Risdon.
“If we can put those two together against Greece I’m sure we’ll be very happy.
“The way we played against England was very positive and I think we can be more than happy to do that again against Greece.”
The group also features Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq and Thailand, and has been touted as the tougher of the two pools in Asia’s third and final stage on the road to Russia.
Risdon burst onto the national ranks with a debut against Bangladesh in Dhaka in November, followed by the Socceroos’ clash against Jordan in Sydney last month.
Despite being excited by the draw, the 23-year-old right back was focused on making the squad first.
“Hopefully I can be involved in some of those games,” Risdon said.
“It’s going to be a very tough group and hopefully I can test myself against some of those good teams.
“Japan, Saudi Arabia and UAE probably will be the toughest of the lot.”
If selected for the Japan match at home on October 1, the Bunbury-born defender would most likely face some of Europe’s best players; including Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki, AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda and Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa.
The Perth Glory skipper was thrilled at the prospect of playing world class opposition.
“That’s what you want to do, you want to play against the best players possible,” he said.
“Hopefully if I’m lucky enough to come against the likes of those players it would be unreal and a real milestone for my career.”
It wouldn’t be the first time Risdon has fronted up against world class opposition.
The defender played 45 minutes for the Hyundai A-League All Stars against David Moyes’ Manchester United in 2013, facing the likes of Robin Van Persie, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck.
The Socceroos face Iraq and the United Arab Emirates in early September but before the World Cup qualifiers, Risdon will be pushing hard for selection in the blockbuster friendlies against world no.10 England in May and UEFA Euro 2004 Champions Greece twice in June.
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Risdon’s one-year deal means the 23-year old will spend a seventh season with Perth Glory FC, since making his Hyundai A-League debut in the 2010/11 season.
“I’m very happy to be staying with the club and it’s capped off a great year for me already” Risdon said.
“Right now my focus is to be playing well and to be playing regularly. Playing for my home-town team ticks all those boxes”.
Coach Kenny Lowe was delighted that Risdon was staying on for another year.
“I’ve known Rizzo for a long time and I’m very happy he’s staying with us for a bit longer” Lowe said.
“He’s an important part of what we want to do and it will help us drive forward with the goals we’ve set”.
Risdon, considered to be the best right back in the country, will be the ninth Western Australian born or raised player who will don the Glory jersey next season.
His contract extension comes on the back of his Socceroos call up for this month’s World Cup Qualifiers against Tajikistan and Jordan and last week he was crowned the South Western Times Sports Star of the year.
Currently he is the fourth most capped Glory player in A-League history and has captained the team on game-day for nine matches this season.
Risdon could lead the team out again on Saturday night when Glory hosts Central Coast at nib Stadium.
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It might be the first time Risdon has made an official Socceroos squad but coach Ange Postecoglou has long be an admirer of the all-action right back.
Postecoglou selected the youngster as one of his “coach’s pick” in the A-League All-Stars squad against Manchester United in 2013.
And it was a night to remember for Risdon. A second-half substitute, the Perth Glory defender was on the field at full-time and was first on the scene to swap jerseys with United and Dutch superstar Robin van Persie. What a thrill !
Bunbury-born Risdon, whose parents Ray and Leanne drove up 1700km a week to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer, is a graduate of ECU Joondalup’s pathway program.
It’s a school that’s also produced other exceptional WA talent including Rhys Williams, Adam Taggart and Rostyn Griffiths.
Risdon was picked in the 46-man Socceroo squad late last year ahead of the Asian Cup – though not in the final squad – as further proof he’s been on Ange’s radar for some time.
It should probably come as no surprise the Albury-born defender has forged out a career as a professional footballer and graduated to the Socceroos squad. Sporting talent runs in the family.
Meredith’s father Greg was once-rated Australia’s top male squash player and was ranked among the top 10 in the world. It was only a knee injury which cut short his career back in the 1980’s.
But it’s always been football for Meredith, ever since he was spotted by Derby County as a teenager in Melbourne and was signed by the Rams’ academy outfit.
While he never played for Australia at Youth level, the 27-year-old has carved out an excellent career in the lower leagues of England to now sit on the cusp of his first Socceroo cap.
Cisak was actually born in Poland and moved to Australia at the age of two, with his family settling in Tasmania. His rise to the Socceroos makes him the first player from the Apple Isle since Dominic Longo in 1998 to make the green and gold squad.
The 26-year-old has been playing in the UK for eight years and has had an astonishing nine clubs in that time, including spells with Leicester City, Accrington Stanley, Portsmouth, Burnley and now League Two outfit Leyton Orient.
Interestingly, Cisak almost joined the Hyundai A-League with Melbourne Victory in 2011 but opted to stay in the UK instead and moved to Oldham Athletic, where he was one of three Australian gloveman on their books, including current Wanderers shot-stopper Dean Bouzanis.
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