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Wigan loan a success for ex-Aston Villa, West Brom defender Ridgewell

Portland Timbers star Liam Ridgewell was satisfied with the way his loan stint with Wigan Athletic panned out.

The 30-year old defender headed back to England for a six-week spell with the Championship club in a bid to keep himself match fit during the MLS off-season.

Former Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion man Ridgewell managed six outings for the Latics during his time at the DW Stadium and despite not mustering a win during that time, he felt the temporary stay was worthwhile from a personal point of view.

"Normally we get about five or six weeks, and obviously we have a little bit longer," the 2014 MLS All-Star said.

"And I needed to do something as well, so I just needed to get back training and playing games. So hopefully it benefits me coming back into the season to have a few games under my belt."

As the 2015 MLS season draws closer and closer, Ridgewell says that things in the Timbers camp are shaping up well as they hone in on the March 7 season opener against Real Salt Lake at Providence Park.

"I think everyone is full of confidence especially coming off the back end of last season," Ridgewell said of Caleb Porter's side who eventually finished sixth in the Western Conference last term.

"And everyone is feeling really good, so hopefully that continues."

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