FORMER Scotland Under-21 keeper Mark Ridgers hopes to persuade boss Alan Archibald to hand him a long-term deal at Partick Thistle.
The 26-year-old shotstopper has returned to Scotland after a season-long stint at US side Orlando City B.
Now Ritgers is determined to challenge Tomas Cerny for the number one spot in the Firhill line-up.
He said: “When the move to America came about, I didn’t have that many options and I wanted to continue playing.
“I ended up playing about 30 games which was good to get under my belt at a competitive level.”
Ridgers, who has also played for Ross County, Hearts and St Mirren, said: “This is the first experience I’ve had where I was out of contract for a period of time and I wasn’t really sure what was going on.
“I had offers from part-time clubs in Scotland and after a while you start to consider that and feel like you have to get a full-time job.
“So, that is why I am really fortunate to be given this opportunity by the manager to come back full-time again at a good level.”
The Jags players are currently at a training camp in La Manga and Ridgers added: “Getting away with the boys for a good period of time allows me to get to know them and see the characters in the squad.”