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Richards Reports For Duty

20 December 2012

Dane wings in ahead of January transfer window

Dane Richards met up with his new team-mates today as he prepares to launch his Clarets’ career.

The Jamaica international agreed a deal in the summer to join Burnley from Vancouver Whitecaps once the Major League Soccer season had finished.

And after a month’s break following the end of Vancouver’s MLS campaign – which was curtailed by a play-off defeat to David Beckham’s LA Galaxy – Richards reported for duty with the rest of the Clarets’ senior squad at Gawthorpe on Thursday.

“He is coming in to meet and greet to get a feel of the place,” said boss Sean Dyche.

“He is obviously jet-lagged and he will be integrated slowly but surely.

“It’s a big change for him in a lot of ways, so it will have to be slowly but surely as he will have to be brought up to speed with what we have been doing.”

Richards spent one season with the Whitecaps after five years in the MLS with the New York Red Bulls, where he became the Bulls’ second highest ever appearance maker.

The flying winger now gets the chance to fulfil an ambition to play in England, although he will not be eligible to play until January and Dyche will not be rushing him into action.

The Clarets will be able to lodge the 28-year-old’s contract when the January transfer window opens before applying for international clearance from FIFA.

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