Will FFA Cup be Risdon's passport to Asia?

PERTH Glory flier Joshua Risdon hopes another impressive performance in the FFA Cup Final against Adelaide United tonight could help him firm as a Socceroo for the Asian Cup.

After Glory’s storming start to the season, Risdon was last week named in Ange Postecoglou’s provisional 46-man Australia squad for the tournament – and while that list will be halved by kick off next month, Risdon wants to be one of the Socceroo survivors

“It’s definitely a good start to the season and to be included in a squad of 46 for the Socceroos is really good on a personal level as well,” said Risdon.

“The goals I set for myself: I just wanted to be playing my best, week in week out for my team and getting into the national team was a big goal of mine, getting selected for that national team squad was definitely rewarding.

 “Hopefully if I keep playing well then more things can come from it.”

A product of the Football West National Training Centre that also turned out Eli Bablaj, Daniel De Silva, Trent Sainsbury and Adam Taggart, Risdon is excited by Perth’s early season form, but it’s tonight’s FFA Cup final against Adelaide United that has the 22 year old most enthusiastic.

“Glory haven’t won anything for about ten years,” said Risdon.“So we’re very excited to bring back the trophy.

“I think it will be a tough game. Adelaide have shown that they’ve played some good football this year. I think we need to be on our best game but I think we should do well.”

Even though the Reds are playing at home Risdon thinks that Glory’s recent form could give them the upper hand tonight after the Reds suffered a surprise defeat against Brisbane Roar at the weekend.

“We come off a couple of good wins against Sydney and Newcastle, so our confidence is definitely sky high,” said Risdon.

 “They lost their last game and hopefully that gives us more of a boost going into the game.”

 With the final being played in Adelaide there was some controversy surrounding the kick off time of the final. The 7.00pm kick off time in Adelaide coincided with rush hour in Perth, denying many Glory fans the chance to see the start of the game. 

“It’s not ideal the way it’s been sorted out but we’re not letting that worry us,” said the Bunbury local. 

“We are just going to go out and try and play our best and not let things like that worry us. We are just looking forward to it.

“It’s great that we’ve got a cup to add to the league now and we definitely didn’t take it lightly. Every game we’ve had, we’ve taken quite seriously and prepared well for. It’s something we have worked towards.”

A win for Perth tonight could be the first step for a potential history-making treble as the side aims to return to their Glory days of old. 

“That would be awesome but we are just focusing on the FFA Cup final at the moment,” Risdon said.

“I’m sure if we win it, we would have a lot of confidence going into the season. That would be great winning the treble; it’s the first time anyone has done it, to be able to do that it would be great.

“I don’t think many people expected us to be where we are at this stage of the season.  We’re going into each game believing that we can win and obviously we want to stay on top of the league as long as we can and hopefully we can be there at the end of the season.”

Like his team-mates, Risdon hails head coach Kenny Lowe – who is still in just his first full season as top boss – and his new signings as key to the team’s success.

“This season he’s brought in a few players of his choice which is ideal for him, he’s great, he believes in all the boys and he wants the best for us and you can see that on the sideline how passionate he is,” said Risdon.

This is Risdon's fourth season in top flight football since joining Perth at17 and the Olyroo nurtures dreams of one day playing overseas. 

“I think I’m playing quite well at the moment, the players around me have definitely helped, we’ve got a stronger squad this year so that’s helped me,” said Risdon.

 “I just want to keep playing the way I’ve been playing so if anything amounts overseas then that would be great.

 “Hopefully if I keep playing well then more things can come from it.”