EXCLUSIVE: Belgium calling for in-demand Risdon

Perth Glory right-back Josh Risdon will reject offers from five different A-League clubs to chase his dream move to Europe.

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The out-of-contract defender has long been on the radar of overseas clubs but The World Game can reveal a Belgium club is in the box seat to secure his signature.

Not surprisingly, half of all A-League clubs have enquired about Risdon, but he looks set to rebuff those offers and head to a nation that traditionally proven beneficial to Australians, including Socceroos’ teammates Maty Ryan and James Troisi.

A-League right-backs have suddenly become the flavour of the month with European scouts, after it was recently revealed that Melbourne Victory’s Jason Geria and Perth Glory’s Rhyan Grant have been sought out by clubs in Germany and Scandinavia.

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But the question now for the Glory is whether they will look to cash in on one of their most highly-valued players during the January transfer window or keep him to help boost their finals push. It is understood that Risdon will also have to secure a visa, which could prove a slight stumbling block.

Just three points separates five teams in the race for the final two positions in the top six, with the Glory currently in sixth place, ahead of the Western Sydney Wanderers on goal difference.

News of Risdon’s possible exit will come as no surprise to Glory officials, who were aware of offers from Germany and elsewhere in the A-League off-season. However, Risdon declined that interest and instead decided to stay with the Glory for a further season.

Risdon revealed last January that he believed he was “more than ready” to make the leap to a major European league.

“If the opportunity comes, then I’ll definitely take it if it’s the right one,” he said. “But it’s definitely about taking the right one. I don’t want to go over and be not playing.

“I want to make sure it’s the right opportunity for myself, so I can go over and stay over for quite a few years and make a good career overseas.”

Even coach Kenny Lowe admitted in September that it would be beneficial for Risdon’s own development to seek a move abroad.

"I was chatting to him [and] I said, 'I don't want to see you at this time next year',” he said. "I don't want you here. Because if he's not here, it means he's got a good move somewhere."



With 125 appearances to his name since he made his debut for his hometown club in 2010, the 24-year old has become of the club’s most established figures and is eighth on their all-time appearances list.

If Risdon does leave in the January window, it will cause something of a headache for Lowe, who will need to find another right-back – particularly if Rhys Williams also leaves the club.

The situation regarding Williams remains unclear, with the Glory insisting the former Middlesbrough captain has another 18 months on his contract. Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has already confirmed his interest in bringing in Williams if he is available.




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Published 1 January 2017 at 12:25pm
By Sebastian Hassett