Huddersfield's Liam Ridehalgh set to extend Swindon stay

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Huddersfield left-back Liam Ridehalgh has confirmed he is close to extending his loan spell at Swindon Town until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has been with the Robins since September and was set to return to the Terriers on 30 December.

"The chairman has asked permission to keep me for the rest of the season and I think they've agreed," Ridehalgh told BBC Wiltshire.

"I'd like to stay as we've got a lot of things to look forward to."

He continued: "We're in a good position in the league, we've got Wigan at home in the FA Cup, and the area final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy so it's looking good for Swindon."

Ridehalgh, who has made 12 appearances for the League Two club, came through the Huddersfield academy system and broke into the first team last season.

But after being sidelined with a broken foot, he struggled to regain his place in Lee Clark's side and has fallen behind Calum Woods and Gary Naysmith in the pecking order.

He initially joined Swindon on a one-month deal, which was then extended until the new year, and he is keen to stay and gain experience at Swindon.

"He [Clark] told me to go out and get a few games and come back to fight for your place," added Ridehalgh. "But they've got two brilliant left-backs at Huddersfield now and they're doing really well so I'd be third choice if I went back.

"There's no point in me just sitting around and playing in reserve games when I can get experience down here.

"It's been a good learning curve, on the field and off the field. It's made my performances on the field better and off the field I've had to do stuff I'm not used to as I live with my parents [in Halifax] but I'm living on my own here. It's been really good and I've enjoyed it."

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