Liam Ridgewell returns to Portland Timbers excited for new season

Liam Ridgewell is returning to America to join back up with his Portland Timbers teammates ahead of the new season after spending the last six weeks with Wigan Athletic in the Championship.

The English defender joined Wigan at the start of January but was unable to help the Latics get out of the relegation zone in England’s second-tier despite making six appearances with five of those as starts.

He was unable to win a game with Wigan and although he is disappointed that he couldn’t help during his short stay back in England, the 30-year-old is now looking forward to his first full season in MLS with the Timbers.

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“I’d just like to wish the boys [at Wigan] all the best and hopefully they’re still in this division come the end of the season,” he told the Wigan Evening Post.

“I’ve got a lot to improve on and learn from, and take into my new season [with the Timbers]. It’s a big season ahead, and we’re looking to do really well this season and build on last year.

“We’re hoping to reach the playoffs this time and there’s some really exciting times ahead.”

Ridgewell made 15 appearances for the Portland Timbers after joining the club as a Designated Player last June, scoring two goals with one assist from defence.

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He has reiterated his delight with the decision to move to America last year and has spoken glowingly about the league and it’s continuous growth.

“I’m very glad I decided to go out there,” Ridgewell added. “It’s been very refreshing for my career, and I’m looking forward to going back.

“The league is getting better all the time, and more and more British players are seeing it as a good career move, which is great.”

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