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Delighted To Be Back

26 August 2012

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On-loan Huddersfield left-back Liam Ridehalgh revealed his delight at returning to the Proact Stadium, as boss John Sheridan welcomed the 21-year-old defender back on a one-month loan deal from the Terriers.

The manager has made no secret of his desire to balance the squad with the addition of a left-sided player before the window shuts at the end of this month and the Halifax-born youngster fitted the bill perfectly having made 20 appearances for the Spireites in League One last season.

Ridehalgh also has experience in the bottom tier of English football - having featured 11 times for Paulo Di Canio's Swindon on their way to clinching the League Two title in the last campaign - and after making his return to action in Chesterfield's 1-1 draw with local rivals Rotherham, Ridehalgh is hoping he can stamp his mark on the first eleven.

"It's good to be back, it didn't work out at Huddersfield," Ridehalgh told the club's media team after his first game back.

"I wasn't getting in the squad up there and I was really pleased to be coming back here when the gaffer gave me the nod.

"It was late on yesterday, I got the papers through after training. I've not had time to train with the lads, this was my first game so I was really glad I got on today.

"I played a lot of games in League Two with Swindon last year. I don't think there's much of a step up, just in League One you need to take your chances more but hopefully Chesterfield can get back up there.

"We'll just have to see how it goes. Obviously, If i don't play and the performance of the team is like today I might find myself struggling to get in. I thought they were excellent."

Ridehalgh made his Spireites debut in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Exeter City in January earlier this year and the hot young prospect bagged his first ever career league goal with the only strike in a 1-0 win against Bournemouth later that month. Primarily a left-back, he was introduced in place of Danny Whitaker on the left of midfield but the youngster said he was also happy to fill it at centre-half if the manager required him to.

And after having arrived on Friday afternoon, Ridehalgh is hoping a week of training and a long away trip to early pace-setters Gillingham will help him to reacquaint himself with his former team-mates and several fresh faces.

"All the lads are very welcoming," Liam added.

"Obviously I know quite a lot of the lads, but the new lads have come and shaken my hand and introduced themselves so that was nice."

"We'll travel down [to Gillingham] on Friday, have a good bonding session on the coach and in the hotel having the evening meal. 

"You wake up for the game, have your breakfast and pre-match together so in that respect, I think sometimes it can be better playing away than at home in terms of team bonding," he added.

"I see myself primarily as a left-back, but I can do a job on the wing and at centre-back so i'll see where the manager wants me.

"It was a good goal to be fair, I got quite lucky with the rebound but i struck it quite well.

"All my mates take the mick out of my celebration. It was my first goal so I didn't know what to do but if ever manage to score again I think i'll have to calm it down!"

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