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Wednesday 01 February 2012

Premier League return delights Ridgewell

Defender says his best years are still to come after signing for West Brom on deadline day

Liam Ridgewell has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with West Brom

New West Brom signing Liam Ridgewell says playing in the Barclays Premier League will bring the very best out of him.

The 27-year-old sealed a move to the Hawthorns on deadline day, leaving Championship side Birmingham to sign a two-and-a-half year deal with the Baggies.

And Ridgewell said he felt the 'best was yet to come' as he returned to the top-flight - where he has played previously with Aston Villa and Birmingham.

"I want to play in the Premier League and I want to push my career on"
- Liam Ridgewell

"I want to play in the Premier League and I want to push my career on, which is why I've come to West Brom," he told West Brom's website.

"It's been difficult at Blues, as it has for a lot of people there, but I'm just trying to concentrate on myself and trying to get myself playing in the best league.

"I'm not far away from the training ground and I've lived in these parts for a long time.

"Hopefully I'll be able to settle in nice and quickly. Albion have got good attributes. They've got good team spirit.

"When I played against Albion last season they were a good, hard-working team and wanted to win.

"Everyone seems to be pushing in the right direction and the players show a lot of traits I like in myself."

Ridgewell said the influence of West Brom boss Roy Hodgson was a factor in bringing him to the Hawthorns.

"I think Albion are a club on the up," he said.

"We have a good head coach and a set of lads that are striving to do the right things.

"It seems to be such a great club and I'm raring to get going and play well for the club. I think my best years are to come."

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Key Points

  • Ridgewell joined West Brom on transfer deadline day
  • Defender has signed two-and-a-half year deal
  • 27-year-old says his best years are 'yet to come'