BUNBURY soccer star Josh Risdon has been named in the Professional Footballers Australia Team of the 2015/16 season alongside import Diego Castro.
Castro and Risdon’s selections cap off a great season for the Glory who were slow to get going but surged into the A-League finals by winning 10 of their last 12 games.
Brisbane Roar player Jade North, an ex-Glory defender, was named captain of the side and praised the quality of the squad.
“The standard across the league has never been higher and this is reflected in what is truly an outstanding PFA A-League team of the season,” he said.
The selection in the side comes in the same week Castro became Perth Glory's second Johnny Warren Medal winner in 12 years, edging Melbourne City's Aaron Mooy by a single vote.
'El Maestro' found the back of the net 13 times and claimed four assists in 26 matches in purple.
It was also a season to remember for Risdon, who is recognised as the best right fullback in the league with his selection.
Risdon stepped up into a captaincy role in Richard Garcia's absence through the second half of the season, leading Glory admirably at the age of just 23 years old.
Since then, Risdon has also debuted and played his first two matches for the Socceroos, appearing against Bangladesh and Jordan in two Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The Glory duo join some of the league's best players in the squad, including Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli and Aaron Mooy, Brisbane Roar's Jamie Maclaren and Corona and Western Sydney Wanderers' Mitch Nichols and Scott Jamieson.
Intriguingly, no players were selected from Adelaide United's Premiership winning squad, although head coach and FC Barcelona legend Guillermo Amor was named as the Manager of the Season.
Castro and Risdon are tipped to be the two frontrunners for the QBE Perth Glory most glorious player award, to be presented on May 7.
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