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LIAM RIDGEWELL
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  • LIAM RIDGEWELL
  • DEFENDER

UPDATED 03:50 27th June 2013

ALBION completed the signing of Liam Ridgewell for an undisclosed fee from Blues on transfer deadline day on January 31, 2012.


He penned a two-and-a-half year deal, plus a further year's option in the club's favour.


The Bexleyheath-born left-back missed only eight of the club’s 2012/13 Barclays Premier League fixtures – despite facing stern competition for his place in the side from on-loan Goran Popov.


The 6ft 2in defender impressed for the Baggies after Roy Hodgson brought him to the club midway through the 2011/12 campaign - scoring in Albion's 3-0 victory over Blackburn at The Hawthorns in April. 


Ridgewell spent six years at West Ham before joining Villa as a 15-year-old.


He helped the claret-and-blues win the 2002 FA Youth Cup and spent a brief spell on loan at Bournemouth in the same year, making his professional debut against Hartlepool in the October. 


Ridgewell was handed his first-team debut for Villa by then-boss Graham Taylor in an FA Cup clash against Blackburn in January 2003.


He has experience of playing for England Under-19s in the European Championship Finals and for the Under-20s in the Toulon Tournament.


Ridgewell also has seven caps to his name at Under-21 level, helping them qualify for the European Championships in 2003.


In August 2007, after making 90 appearances and scoring six times for Villa, he moved across the city to join Blues in a £2million deal, where he established himself as a first-team regular.


Following relegation, he helped the St Andrew's club bounce straight back to the top flight during the 2008/09 season. 


The following campaign, he played an integral role in City finishing ninth in the Premier League.


In 2010/11 he was a key figure in Blues' Carling Cup success, playing the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 victory against Arsenal at Wembley.


He enjoyed his first taste of Europa League football on the back of it - but, despite being part of a defence that kept nine top-flight clean sheets,he suffered the ultimate penalty as City slipped back into the Championship in the same season.


In total, Ridgewell has made 273 career appearances, including 25 as a sub, scoring 18 goals.


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