IT IS unclear where Liam Ridehalgh’s long-term future lies but the defender certainly knows his own strengths and weaknesses.
The Huddersfield left-back, on-loan at Rotherham United until the end of the season, is determined to keep on developing his all-round game to bolster his chances of climbing up the football pyramid.
Halifax-born Ridehalgh has featured 18 times since joining the Millers in mid-November from their West Yorkshire counterparts. He has been satisfied with his own form but believes there is still more to come from him.
“I think I am doing alright and contributing to the team quite well,” Ridehalgh told The Star. “I don’t think many wingers get past me and that’s what I am there for first and foremost. I would like to contribute more going forward and that’s something I need to work on if I want to play at a higher level.
“As a footballer, you always want to improve. I’ve got loads of learning to do. I am still only 21. I try to learn off people in our team and players off TV. If I keep going, I will be alright.”
Ridehalgh admires England and Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole.
“I think his attacking play is second to none,” he said. “His defending is brilliant. I think he is probably the best left-back in the world.”
The youngster, who created the first of Daniel Nardiello’s two goals at Wycombe Wanderers in midweek, is expected to start at Cheltenham Town this afternoon.
Ridehalgh’s contract at Huddersfield runs out at the end of the season.
“I’m not sure what’s happening at Huddersfield so I will just have to wait and see what happens in the summer,” said Ridehalgh, who spent time on loan with Chesterfield earlier in the season.