The club's still not got a name or a head coach but Western Melbourne Group today signed its first Aussie with Socceroos defender Josh Risdon confirming a two-year deal.
Western Sydney Wanderers fullback Risdon, 26, grew up in Bunbury WA before debuting for Perth Glory as an 18-year-old and going on to feature in both Australia's World Cup and Asian Cup squads over the past year.
With more than 160 A-League matches for Glory and Wanderers, and 14 Socceroo caps to his name, Risdon's unveiling comes after Greek international Panagiotis Kone was revealed as the club's first marquee signing.
"We’re absolutely thrilled to bring Josh into the Western Melbourne family and we look to him being a leader and mentor to some of the younger players that will be joining the squad," said a WMG football director and former Socceroo Steve Horvat.
“Attracting a talented current Socceroo shows our ambition and our commitment to building a competitive squad from the first season that our fans can be proud of.
“Josh is an attacking defender with a fantastic work ethic who we know our fans will love watching. He has an excellent character and we know he’ll fit in with our club very well on and off the park."
Risdon said he was delighted to join up for the club’s first season in the Hyundai A-League.
“I’m absolutely stoked to be the first Australian player to join Western Melbourne," he added. With the signing of Panagiotis as the marquee, I can see the club has big ambitions both on the park and off it.
“With their own boutique stadium being built, which I think is a great idea, the club has an exciting future.
“I’m a hard worker who understands that the fans in the West of Melbourne want players who’ll give absolutely 100% for the shirt. I can’t wait to start doing that.”