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Lewis Richards joins Harrogate on loan from Wolves

Wolves have loaned academy defender Lewis Richards to Harrogate Town in League Two.

Simon Weaver’s side currently sit 13th in the fourth tier, five points off the play-off spots in their second season at that level.

Weaver’s assistant manager Paul Thirlwell told the club website how pleased he is that the club have been able to sign the defender from Molineux.

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“We’ve been watching Lewis for a while and got the opportunity to bring him in and he’s been great,” he said.

“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.”

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Richards can operate at either left back or centre back and joined Wolves from Brentford at the age of 15.

He is now 20 and has featured for Wolves’ under 21s in the Papa John’s Trophy for the past three seasons, including in a 0-0 draw at Wigan this season.

He has also represented Ireland at under 19s and under 21 level and featuring in the Wolves matchday squad for Europa League ties against Besiktas and Sevilla in 2020.

The move is a good opportunity for Richards to get out and play senior football and this is his first loan spell away from Molineux.