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Risdon aims to lock down Socceroos berth

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016 Justin Chadwick

Josh Risdon was in holiday mode when he last visited Thailand, but it will be all business this time around as the Perth Glory defender attempts to fix the Socceroos' right back woes.

Risdon was thrilled to be named in the Socceroos' 23-man squad to take on Thailand for Australia's next World Cup qualifier on November 15 in Bangkok.

But he is far from assured of a starting berth at his preferred right back position, with Germany-based Milos Degenek also vying for the troublesome slot.

Other rivals for the position - Ryan McGowan and Jason Geria - weren't included in the 23-man squad, giving Risdon and Degenek a perfect chance to shine.

A revolving door of players has tried but failed to lock down the right-back position in recent times, and Risdon is desperate to make it his own.

The 24-year-old, who has three Socceroo caps to his name, spent time in Phuket and Phi Phi Islands when he last visited Thailand.

But his full focus will be on soccer this time around.

"It will be a different trip this time," Risdon said.

"It was a goal of mine starting the season to get back into the Socceroos' side. I'm very happy to be heading to Thailand.

"There's been a few boys who have played (at right back) recently.

"If I get the chance, it would be great to put in a good performance and make that spot mine."

Risdon will be back in action on Sunday when he lines up for the Glory in Sunday's A-League clash with Western Sydney at nib Stadium.

He'll then fly out on Monday to Thailand.

Perth are aiming to bounce back from last week's 2-1 loss to Brisbane, while the seventh-placed Wanderers could only manage a 1-1 draw with Central Coast.

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