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Socceroos defender considering a move to the A-League

Socceroos defender Alex Wilinson says he is open to returning to the A-League later this year.

Wilkinson was recently in camp with his Socceroos' teammates for Australia's World Cup qualifier against Tajikistan, resulting in a 3-0 win to the Aussies.

Australia next face Jordan away and are favourites with William Hill's football matches today, after beating Bangladesh 5-0 last Thursday and then Tajikistan on Tuesday to remain undefeated in their past eight matches.

The 31-year-old has spent the past four years playing for Korean side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, but has revealed that he will quit the club in December.

“I'm not going to stay at Jeonbuk. I want to change, but I don't know what's going to happen yet,'' Wilkinson said.

“My contract's up, I've been there four years and, to be honest, I don't know if the club are going to offer me anything anyway.

“We're in a smallish town, my son's nearly three, three-and-a-half now and it's time for him to start thinking about schools.

“If we're going to be overseas we need to be in a city where there's a decent sized population, suitable international schooling and whatnot and a bit more to do outside of football.

“When they're a little baby it doesn't really matter where you are. They sleep and you can take care of them in that sort of way.

“Football-wise they've been fantastic, it's a great club, they've looked after me brilliantly and I've really enjoyed my time there and if they were to come and offer me something again, I'd have to think about it.

“But I wouldn't mind a bit of a change after four years.''

He said that a move back home is very much a consideration.

“I'm keeping an open mind. I probably won't know anything until November or December,'' he said.

“It's going to be a bit up in the air. I'll talk to my wife, I've got a little one so once the season finishes in Korea we'll have a chat and see where she's at and if she's comfortable wanting to stay overseas, maybe we'll look at it.

“If not, I'll 100 per cent definitely be open to coming home. At the moment there's definitely been no decisions made either way."

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