MANAGER Andy Ritchie has no worries about giving new loan signing Ronnie Wallwork his first taste of senior football in 10 months in tomorrow’s High Noon home showdown with Luton.
And the 30-year-old West Brom player, unable to force his way back into the frame at The Hawthorns since recovering from injuries sustained in a nightclub stabbing incident, says he’s raring to go.
“I found out late on Wednesday, when my agent called me and told me Huddersfield were interested. I’m delighted to get the chance to come and play here,” said the ex-Manchester United man.
“Basically, the manager at West Brom (Tony Mowbray) says I’m not in his plans.
“The club have spent a lot of money bringing in a few foreign lads, along with a couple of English players, and it’s one of those things.
“Now I want to focus on Huddersfield and help them get a few good wins.”
That’s definitely the aim for Ritchie, who was today expecting to extend the loan of Bristol City centre-back Richard Keogh for another month.
Town have lost three League I games on the spin (four in all competitions) and slipped to 15th in the table as a result.
But Ritchie knows tomorrow’s meeting with Kevin Blackwell’s 13th-placed Hatters and Tuesday’s visit of Nottingham Forest, who are 10th after a stuttering start to the season, provides the perfect chance of a six-point tonic.
“That’s the aim, and I’m hoping having Ronnie on board will help us achieve it,” said Ritchie, who confirmed striker Danny Cadamarteri will start but has yet to decide whether he will be partnered by Luke Beckett or Andy Booth.
“Ronnie’s played plenty of Reserve matches – I watched him against Leicester on Tuesday – and he has that level of experience we need.
“With him, Frank Sinclair and Danny Cadamarteri on the scene again, we’ve got a few more leaders.”
Town are largely clear of the illness bug which struck before and during last Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Northampton.
David Mirfin is fit after a back strain, but skipper Jon Worthington (back) and Danny Schofield (ankle) are not in contention.
Luton, fresh from a Carling Cup third-round win over Championship club Charlton, have brought in Tottenham’s England Under 21 keeper Ben Alnwick on loan.
Town (from): Glennon, Sinclair, Hardy, Skarz, Mirfin, N Clarke, Keogh, Collins, Holdsworth, Wallwork, Brandon, Kamara, Cadamarteri, Beckett, Booth, Eastwood, Young, Racchi, Berrett, Akins.
Luton (from): Alnwick, Brill, Jackson, Goodall, Perry, Fojut, Morgan, Currie, Bell, Brkovic, Robinson, Spring, McVeigh, Talbot, Furlong, Coyne, Andrew, Edwards, Peschisolido.
Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northants).