Socceroos return on Jason Davidson's mind as he looks to fire for Perth Glory

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The Aussie defender believes there's no reason why he can't play for the Socceroos at the Asian Cup

It's been just under ten years since Jason Davidson left Australia for a long-term foray into Europe that began with Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira.

Having only just turned 18, the move would mark the beginning of a turbulent tenure in the unpredictable furness of European football.

'Political' issues derailed Davidson's most recent stint in Croatia with Rijeka that saw him loaned out to Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana and the now 27-year-old decided the A-League and Perth Glory were a perfect next step in his still developing career. 

Nearly a decade since leaving his family behind, Davidson brings one of his own with him on his return to Australia and has a clear goal in mind.

"It’s been nearly 12-13 years since I left home for Europe and to come back to Australia there were two things behind my thought process," Davidson told Goal.

"One was obviously my family, I’ve got a wife and two young kids, and the other thing was to give myself an opportunity to get back into the national team."

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Davidson has 22 caps to his name for the Socceroos with his strong performances at the 2014 World Cup earning him a move to West Brom not long after.

His last appearance in the green and gold was back in 2015 however, with his time abroad doing him no favours as he fell off Ange Postecoglou's radar.

With a new coach in Graham Arnold and confident his decision to return home will help his cause, Davidson believes he can earn a Socceroos recall for the 2019 Asian Cup

"Why not? In football everything happens very quickly and the most important thing for me is to work hard and give myself an opportunity to perform for Perth and then from there the Socceroos is the next target," he said. 

"For me I thought it was the best opportunity to come back here, work hard and give myself a chance to get back into the national team for the Asian Cup in January."

Jason Davidson Son Heung-min Australia v South Korea Asian Cup final 310115

In Davidson's favour is new Glory coach Tony Popovic - himself a former Socceroos defender with 58 caps to his name.

Also arriving in Perth this off-season, Popovic has hit the ground running and has impressed Davidson from the outset. 

"After speaking to Tony the ideas and what he wants to do here was very appealing to me," he said.

"For me he’s been fantastic. He’s come in and implemented what he wants and his style of play.

"We’re definitely working hard as a team and making sure we do the right things and what Popa wants.

"He’s a hard worker but he’s fair as well so for me it’s been amazing to come back and work under him. It’s going to be a long pre-season so hopefully when the season starts we’re firing."

After spells with Huddersfield and Groningen, Davidson found himself unwanted in Croatia last season with issues off the pitch derailing his hopes of establishing himself.

He would however secure a loan to Slovenia, where he was able to find some solace in the form of silverware. 

"It all started in Croatia and things didn’t go to plan and fortunately I could turn a negative season into a positive one," he said. 

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"The last few months in Slovenia I won the cup and league so for me it was a good experience to win some silverware."

Having spent so long in Europe, Davidson is looking forward to a strong season in Australia and is open to all possibilities there after.  

"You never know in football, but definitely want to give myself an opportunity to choose what I want to do next whether that be Europe, Asia or here in Australia."

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