Date: 31st December 2015 at 6:22pm
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Brighton and manager Chris Hughton have brought in Portland Timbers’ MLS title winning captain Liam Ridgewell for a short loan spell at the club.

Ridgewell’s loan begins on January 2 when the January transfer window opens, and he knows this league well having Premiership experience with Aston Villa and then mixed experience from time with Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion.

The 31 year old is capable of playing at centre half or left back and has well over 300 career games under his belt and he is now in training with us, even though we’re still awaiting his international clearance and he won’t be involved against Wolves – his debut could come in the Hull FA Cup game on January 9.

The loan expires on February 13 following the Bolton Wanderers match.

Speaking to the Official Site about the capture, Hughton explained that he would be perfect cover whilst Gaeten Bong was out injured and he’s obviously a player he knows well from their time together at Birmingham.

‘I know Liam very well from my time as manager at Birmingham City, and he is an excellent and important addition for us. He will bring extra experience to our defence at a crucial time, and will give me an option both in the centre of defence and at left-back. Liam has played the vast majority of his career in the Premier League – with more than 350 senior appearances; he’s also got experience of the Europa League and Championship from his time at Birmingham.’

Speaking himself about the move, Ridgewell said he was looking forward to playing his part in keeping our run for promotion going.

‘It’s massive in the Championship. It’s great having young players, and you need the energy around you, but you do need that experience. If I can help in anyway, using the experience I have, that is my aim and hopefully I can help the club towards promotion. That is the club’s main aim, and hopefully I can be part of it for the time that I am here. You need those experienced heads when things aren’t going quite how you want, or if you are not getting the breaks. It can be disheartening, but it’s up to us senior pros to help work people through that and make sure we are heading in the right direction. For me, that is what I am hoping I can bring, and it’s what I have done throughout my career. The senior boys here will be doing that.’

Ridgewell went on to add that key to the move were Hughton and Colin Calderwood who he also worked with at Birmingham.

‘I spoke to Chris, who I played under at Birmingham, and I had a good time with him there, so now I am just looking forward to getting games. Playing for Chris was a big thing. I know him and Colin Calderwood from Birmingham and it is nice to walk in somewhere and find a familiar face. I know what Chris is trying to do here at the club, and it was a good move for me. The injuries haven’t helped the team. Hopefully I can come in and help with that situation, and the aim is to fill that gap in the short term. It’s worked out well for me, and now I am just looking forward to getting going. Since stepping in here from day one, everything has been great: the training ground, the set-up, everything the club is doing has been great and it is very nice to be part of that.’

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