Risdon to depart Perth but may not leave A-League

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Perth Glory have announced star defender Josh Risdon has rejected an offer to remain at the club, declaring his intention to leave his home state at the end of the season.

The Glory youth product has been the standout performer over the past three see-sawing campaigns, captaining the club for the second half of season 15/16 as well as breaking into the Socceroos side, earning three caps.

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This is a huge loss for Perth Glory, as Risdon is only 24 years old and still has his best playing days ahead of him.

Where Risdon will end up is yet to be announced, with some reports suggesting the player is keen on a move to Europe while others have reported Western Sydney Wanderers have already signed the full-back.

In a club statement posted on the official website, Risdon explained the decision.

“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.

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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.

The timing of the announcement is disappointing for Perth Glory fans, who would’ve been hoping for some positive transfer news after their side’s tumultuous December period.

Glory CEO Peter Filipoulos expressed the club’s regret at the decision.

“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,” he said.

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“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.

The Glory faithful will be hoping their clubs next big announcement is a positive one even if Rhys Williams looks certain to depart this January.

For Risdon, it brings an end to a glittering Glory career where he transformed from a little known local talent to a bona fide A-League star.

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