Western Sydney Wanderers' Josh Risdon open to overseas 'opportunity'

Socceroos and Western Sydney Wanderers defender Josh Risdon is open to the idea of a move abroad after his World Cup breakthrough.

Risdon nailed down the right-back spot at Russia 2018, starting all of Australia's group games.

"It's massive for me to play and start all three games. I draw a lot confidence from that, playing against some of the biggest players in the world," Risdon said.

"Hopefully I can bring that back here and spread that throughout the team."

Asked about suggestions of a move after the World Cup, Risdon said "There was a few rumours here and there but nothing really too close.
"There was a window there where I could have gone but nothing really eventuated, so really happy that I'm here again and fully focused on the team."

One of just two A-League players, along with Newcastle's Dimi Petratos, named in the first Socceroos camp conducted by coach Graham Arnold, Risdon has aspirations to play abroad.

"That's always been an ambition, so hopefully if I can continue to do well here a the Wanderers," he said. "If something comes up, then I'll definitely look at the opportunity."

Risdon had a five-week break after the World Cup.

"He's nearly fully fit and he's a very important player for us and I'm happy that he's still with us," Wanderers coach Markus Babbel said.

Risdon played one FFA Cup game for the Wanderers since returning from Russia and is expected to be named for Wednesday's quarterfinal against A-League rivals Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

Babbel revealed he had appointed defender Brendan Hamill as captain.

"Since I'm here, he's doing fantastic, he's solid in the back, he's speaking with the team and he shows all the things I expect from a captain," the German mentor said.

He revealed veteran forward Mark Bridge would miss the start of the season with a calf injury and it could be five to six weeks before he is "100 percent fit."

Goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic is returning from a pelvis injury and Babbel said he could be on the bench for Wednesday's game.

Babbel said discipline was the key to success for his side as he continues to weed out traces of his predecessor Josep Gombau's style.