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UPDATE: Risdon’s upcoming move to Western Melbourne has been made official, with the club and Risdon himself both releasing statements confirming the news.
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Amidst rumours the Western Sydney Wanderers will be facing a roster upheaval this offseason, multiple outlets are reporting star defender and Socceroos player Josh Risdon has signed a multi-year deal with the Western Melbourne Group’s A-League expansion team.
He joins Greek-born Serie A star Panagiotis Kone as the only two official signings for the new club so far.
SEN is reporting the right-back had been in ‘advanced talks’ with the expansion side for some time and had also been mulling over a move to Europe at the conclusion of the season.
Terms of the supposed deal have not been specified or revealed, although most outlets are reporting it is for several seasons.
The 26-year-old has been a key cog in the Wanderers defence since crossing over from Perth Glory in 2017. He made his debut for Perth in 2010 as an 18-year-old, spending seven seasons with the club before moving across the country.
While only appearing in 18 games for Western Sydney last season, his departure would be a cruel blow for a side desperate to atone for what has so far been a miserable A-League campaign.
He made his Socceroos debut in 2015, before starting on the field in all three of Australia’s 2018 World Cup matches.
The new Melbourne team will join the A-League next season, playing their first two seasons in Geelong while their new facility is built in Tarneit.
Outlets are also reporting the Western Melbourne side will officially be named Western Athletic and will adopt a green and black colour scheme.