Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Jamie Richards is latest to join Warren Feeney's Linfield regime

Confident: Warren Feeney

Plymouth Argyle defender Jamie Richards has become the latest player drafted into Warren Feeney's new look Linfield side.

The 20-year-old has joined on a loan deal until the end of the year.

Former Pilgrims striker and Northern Ireland international Feeney has also brought Sammy Morrow, Chris Hegarty and Stephen Lowry to Windsor Park.

"He's a player who I have played with and worked with before," said Feeney.

"I had hoped he would come to Salisbury but I'm delighted he has now come to Linfield.

"I'm confident he will do well and although the loan deal runs to Christmas, I would expect him to be here for some time.

"He is an enthusiastic boy who has pace and he's keen to play first team football.

"I mentioned his name to the board from the start as someone who could really benefit and help develop this club.

"He was here a few weeks ago, had a look around the place and now he's excited to get started."

Meanwhile, Linfield are still casting admiring glances in the direction of Liam Boyce after a new contract offer to the striker was withdrawn by Cliftonville.

The Reds say that an agreed deadline for Boyce to respond to the new deal, which was tabled on May 14, has not been met.

They also claim that requests by boss Tommy Breslin to discuss the matter this week have been "rebuffed".

"I have decided to withdraw our offer and begin to explore other avenues to strengthen the squad," said Breslin.

Shamrock Rovers are also interested in Boyce as well as Chesterfield.

The 23-year-old was recently called up to the Northern Ireland squad for the friendly internationals against Uruguay and Chile in South America.

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