Richards out to give Macc push

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

NEW Mac­cles­field Town signing Court­ney Richards says he will do all that he can to try and help the club fi­nally kick on to the next level.

Richards has made the move to the Moss Rose on a one-year deal af­ter leav­ing Na­tional League ri­vals Torquay United, where he was their cap­tain.

The mid­fielder joins a Mac­cles­field side that have had play-off am­bi­tions over the past few sea­sons, but ul­ti­mately

Ihave ended up fall­ing ag­o­nis­ingly short come the end of those re­spec­tive cam­paigns.

Richards hopes to bring that to an end, with the 23-year-old be­liev­ing that Mac­cles­field have what it takes to progress.

“For me per­son­ally think the con­sis­tency of the club has been im­mense and I think it’s just time to take that step fur­ther,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“The sup­port sys­tem, the fan base and ob­vi­ously the boss and the chair­man are all try­ing to push in the right di­rec­tion and that’s a re­ally pos­i­tive thing for the club.”

Richards came through the youth ranks at Brighton & Hove Al­bion be­fore even­tu­ally join­ing Torquay, where he made 29 ap­pear­ances for the team.

His sea­son was some­what dis­rupted by a knee in­jury, but he is now ex­cited to put that be­hind him and link up with his new Silk­men team­mates.

“I can’t wait to get go­ing and I want to come back as strong as pos­si­ble try and make pre-sea­son as easy as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“I wasn’t fully aware how in­ter­ested the club was but I’m re­ally happy that they were so it’s a re­ally good plat­form for me to come and take my game to the next level and hope­fully take the club to the next level.

“I had a con­ver­sa­tion with the man­ager and he ex­pressed what his views are, his phi­los­o­phy and what he wants me to do. It is some­thing I agree with, I like and I buy into so I look for­ward to get­ting it go­ing.

“I like to bring my lead­er­ship qual­i­ties – I think there’s a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in the team so I think that will ul­ti­mately all gen­er­ate into a pos­i­tive move­ment so I’m def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to bring­ing what I can to the ta­ble.”

Richards is the lat­est new re­cruit that Mac­cles­field boss John Askey has made in re­cent weeks, fol­low­ing on from the likes of Ryan Lloyd, Sh­wan Jalal, Jared Hodgkiss and Scott Wil­son.

Gareth Davies

Court­ney Richards, right, has signed for Mac­cles­field from Torquay

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