Once a boy in Melbourne with a dream, Jason Davidson has achieved big things in his football career.
He’s played in the north, south, east and west of Europe, started every game for the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup, proved a crucial cog in Australia’s 2015 Asian Cup triumph, and has even lined up for West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League.
However, Davidson's football fairytale is no longer sailing at the rate it once was.
Things took a downward turn for the talented left back when Huddersfield Town, who purchased Davidson from West Brom tore up his contract a year early and shipped him out to Rijeka in Croatia. Here, political deceit within the club threatened to derail Davidson’s European adventure.
Frozen out of the first team, the 27-year-old managed to turn things around temporarily by forcing a loan move to Slovenia where he won the league and cup with Olimpija Ljubljana.
With a resumè most Australian footballers can only dream of, Davidson naturally demands a lot of himself. But as has proven the case for a number of Australian’s plying their trade in leagues overseas, no matter how hard you train, the inner workings of a professional football club can make or break your time abroad.
According to Davidson, the latter proved to be the case in Croatia.
"I was never injured in Croatia but that’s the narrative they came up with - a bit of politics," Davidson told FourFourTwo.
"It was just funny because I was fully fit but never once got picked in the squad or on the bench in the six months I was over there.
"I along with many others know what the situation can be like playing overseas, it’s not something we’re used to here in Australia.
"All I can say is I did everything in my power to perform and be selected but things are often out of your hands in football."
Currently out of favour with the national team and with the Asian Cup just around the corner, Davidson’s priority is to re-establish himself as one of Australia’s premier left backs. Perth Glory was his destination of choice.
Glory have enjoyed a prosperous off-season, luring Socceroo’s Matthew Spiranovic and Ivan Franjic to the club along with Korean-based Australian Tomislav Mrcela.
Davidson’s signature comes as the finishing touch to the Glory’s defensive quartet.
"My wife and kids wanted to come home to Australia and I wanted to find some stability in my football so it feels right," he said.
"When I was negotiating with Perth I knew some of the other names they were targeting, and seeing quality players like Spira and Ivan Franjic at the club, it shows our intent to win next season.
"There were a few other A-League clubs interested as well as offers from the Middle East and Southern Europe, but when Popa and Jacob Burns called, Perth seemed the right move for me.
"An opportunity to get back into the national team is certainly one of my goals, especially with the Asian Cup around the corner."
Davidson last wore green and gold in a World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan back in 2015, but remains optimistic that some solid domestic form could earn him an international recall.
The 27-year-old hopes to turn the head of incumbent Socceroos manager, Graham Arnold at Perth.
"If you look at the last few years with Ange and now with Graham Arnold coming in, the A-League’s been a proven pathway for players to get into the national team," he said.
"The memories of the last Asian Cup are something I’ll cherish forever, I want to replicate them next year and I feel Perth gives me the best platform to do that.
"There’s no reason why if I come here, work hard and perform, that I won’t get back into the national team, but the main reason I came here is to win the A-League - that’s my target and I think it’s a fair one’"
Davidson's Perth Glory will take on Chelsea in a friendly at Optus Stadium on July 23.