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8 January 2015

Liam Ridgewell ‘pleased and excited’ to join Latics on loan.

  • Ridgewell joins on loan until February.
  • Defender enthusiastic to join up with squad and manager Malky Mackay.
  • Watch Liam’s interview in full on Latics Player.

Former Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion defender Liam Ridgewell join Latics on loan yesterday from MLS side Portland Timbers until mid-February.

Despite the 30-year-old only staying with Latics for a brief period, he says he’ll be 100% committed to the club and is excited to get started:

“It’s very pleasing to be here and I’m excited to get going,” said Ridgewell.

“The manager has been really enthusiastic about me joining up, that got me excited about coming here and the main aim is to fight for a place in the team, help us keep some clean sheets and of course ultimately win some football matches.

“I’ve played a lot of games in England over my career, and hopefully I can bring my experience to the team and we can start to climb the table.

“I want to train hard, work hard on the pitch and repay the manager for giving me a chance to keep myself going whilst the MLS season is over.”

Ridgewell joined Portland Timbers in June 2014, playing 15 times and scoring twice since his switch from West Brom.  The defender is keen to continue his career in the MLS, but says he’ll be dedicated during his time back in England.

Explaining the move, he added:

“Our season in the MLS finished in October, so to be offered the chance to come back to England and get going again before the MLS starts up is the perfect opportunity for me.

“I’m here until February because the MLS season starts again not long after that, but I’m 100% committed to being part of this team and part of the club.

“My time out in Portland has been brilliant, it’s been a new challenge and one I’m looking forward to continuing, but I’m chomping at the bit to get back involved in training and playing games.  I’m very grateful that I’ve been given the chance to do so at Wigan.”

Over his 13-year professional career in England, Ridgewell has been a familiar face to Latics fans, facing the club 11 times and scoring three goals across three clubs, something he’s hoping to turn around during his time on loan at the DW Stadium.

“I’ve got a good history at Wigan and at the DW Stadium particular,” he added.

“I can remember scoring here and having some fantastic days up here against the club, so hopefully now I can turn that around and help to create some fantastic days for the supporters and the team.

“First and foremost I’ve got to get into the team, but it would be great if I could score a couple of goals for the team to make up for those goals against over the years.”

Bexleyheath born Ridgewell continued, explaining his further links with Latics.

“I’ve got quite a lot of links to Wigan actually, I was born in the same place as Jimmy Bullard who obviously enjoyed some great years up here.

“It’s a bit mad how things work sometimes, but it’s nice to come here and play for the same team that a great player like Jimmy has played at.

“This club has had some fantastic players over the years, ones I’ve played against, so I know the quality is very high here.

“I’ve played against players in the current squad quite a lot over my career and I played with Scott Carson for England Under 21s, so it’s nice to see some familiar faces.

“They’ve all been really good with me, it’s been fantastic to meet up with the squad and like I said I’m just raring to go.”

WATCH: The full interview with Liam Ridgewell on Latics Player.
FACT FILE: Learn more about Malky Mackay’s first signing.

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