We’re pleased to announce the loan signing of promising Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Lewis Richards.
The left-footed defender can play at either left back or centre back and has been a part of the Wanderers’ set up since the age of 15, having joined from Brentford’s academy.
The 20-year-old has featured for Wolves’ under 21s in the Papa John’s Trophy for the past three seasons and has also represented Ireland at under 19s and under 21 level.
Having progressed nicely through the youth teams, the defender was promoted to the first team in the 2019/20 season and was then awarded a new contract in July 2020, after featuring in the match day squad for Europa League ties against both of Besiktas and Sevilla.
The Irish under 21 international was then regularly included in the Wolves matchday squad throughout the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
This season, Richards has featured in the Papa John’s Trophy for Wolves’ U21s, helping to keep a clean sheet against League One Wigan Athletic.
Assistant manager Paul Thirlwell on the youngster joining the squad:
"We’ve been watching Lewis for a while and got the opportunity to bring him in and he’s been great. He’s down to earth and really wants to be a defender, which is refreshing in that he wants that to be his main attribute.
“He can play in different positions and in different systems either as a centre half or a full back. He wants to get out there and stop crosses, wants to learn and is generally just a good footballer. He’s still young as well and will improve all the time so we’re really looking forward to having him on board.”
The defender joins until the end of the season and will wear number 33.