New signing Dane Richards looks forward to Clarets' start
New Burnley signing Dane Richards can’t wait to wing in to Turf Moor to start his new Clarets’ career.
The Vancouver Whitecaps wideman will join the Clarets in January after reaching the end of his current deal with the Canadian club.
And Richards, who signed a pre-contract agreement at Burnley in August, is looking to make an instant impact in the Championship.
“When I was growing up I always wanted to go to the highest level I could and play in England so I am very happy about it. I am very excited about coming over,” said the 28-year-old.
“I didn’t know too much about Burnley before but I have been looking them up online and checking out their results and I can’t wait to get started once our season is finished.
“Once I set my mind on something I know I will be ready and I definitely think I will be able to adapt straight away.
“Hopefully the team will be in a good position and I can help keep pushing them up the table.”
Before joining Vancouver in July, Montego Bay-born Richards had spent five years in New York with the Red Bulls, becoming their second highest-ever appearance maker in the MSL.
His quest now is to try and help the Whitecaps reach the Western Conference play-offs before linking up with Eddie Howe’s squad when the next transfer widow opens.
Dane Richards in action for New York Red Bulls
“It’s going to be a challenge, going somewhere new, but I am determined to make it at Burnley,” added Richards, a rapid right-sided wingman.
“That’s why I am coming here, to try and make a difference and help the team advance to meet its goals. I am coming here to be positive.”
The former American college player scored his fourth goal of the season last weekend as Vancouver beat Chivas USA 4-0, coming off the bench early on to replace injured Scotland international Kenny Miller in a forward role.
The result, the Whitecaps’ first win in eight games and biggest in their MLS history, kept Vancouver in the fifth and final play-off spot as they look to clinch a place in the MLS Cup.
The Blue and Whites have two regular season games to go but before that Richards is on international duty with Jamaica as the Reggae Boyz bid to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals.
Jamaica face group leaders Guatemala and then Antigua and Barbuda as they battle to clinch one of the two places available in Group A of the North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying section.
“We definitely want to qualify,” said Richards, who made his debut for Jamaica as an 18-year-old.
“I have got some big games to look forward to and hopefully a big end to the season here before coming over to Burnley.”