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Linfield boss Warren Feeney keen to keep loan star Jamie Richards

By Stuart McKinley

Warren Feeney will make a telephone call to Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan within the next couple of weeks to request an extension to Jamie Richards' loan period at Linfield.

Blues boss Feeney, however, is well aware that the decision will rest firmly in the hands of former Republic of Ireland international Sheridan.

Richards was one of Feeney's first signings when he took over from David Jeffrey in May and he has taken his appearance total for the Blues to 16 games by playing in the last four matches, having missed the entire month of October through injury.

And with a long list of injured players at Windsor Park, Feeney is keen to keep hold of 20-year-old Richards until the end of the season.

"Jamie isn't a right back, but he's done a great job for us in there and I need to speak to Plymouth Argyle to see what their plans for him are," said Feeney, ahead of today's trip to Ballymena United.

"I would definitely like to keep him because we still have Chris Hegarty and Sean Ward out - and those two have been out longer than we would have hoped for.

"Reece Glendinning had a bad injury and although he is coming back we don't want to rush him because he is a young lad and he needs protected.

"We can't wave a magic wand and bring players in, so I would like to keep what I have, but what happens with Jamie will be down to Plymouth."

Feeney himself remains on the injury list, but is ready to push himself as a crucial period in the season looms, with the Blues two points off the top of the Premiership table.

"I am getting closer. I have joined in training and hopefully I'll be back soon," added Feeney.

"I love the rough and tumble of playing and I don't have another player like Sammy Morrow, so if anything happens to him I might be needed."

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