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Liam Ridgewell signs new Birmingham City contract

Liam Ridgewell in action against old club Aston Villa
Ridgewell helped Birmingham achieve Premier League security last season

Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell has signed a new three-year contract.

The 25-year-old, who joined Blues from local rivals Aston Villa in August 2007, now has a contract that runs until 2013.

He is the second player to sign a new deal at St Andrew's this summer, with goalkeeper Maik Taylor signing a fresh one-year contract in May.

Last season he scored vital goals for Alex McLeish's side as they secured ninth place in the Premier League.

Ridgewell has made a total of 113 appearances for Birmingham, scoring seven goals.

He said: "I was pleased to sign on the dotted line and get the contract done and dusted.

"The ninth-placed finish came into play [when signing the new contract] - I want to be at a successful club, and this club is driving on.

"After doing so well last season people will be wondering how we are going to do - but our aim is to stay in this league and hopefully push on from that ninth place."

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