Fulham have today announced the signing of Kieran Richardson from Premier League rivals Sunderland on a 3-year deal. The ex-Manchester United man joins for an undisclosed fee, thought to be no more than £2m, after 149 appearances and 15 goals in the North East. Known for his pace, work-rate and set-piece prowess with a fierce strike of the ball, the 27 year old can cover a number of positions including left back, central midfield and right winger, but it was as a left winger where he made his name at United, and where Jol admits he sees him playing.
Richardson had this to say about the move:
I’m delighted that my transfer to Fulham has been completed and now I’m eager to start training for my new club straight away and pulling on the white shirt for the first time.
Jol was similarly delighted:
Kieran is a proven top-level player, who has the versatility to play a number of positions. He will bring all-round quality which will add strength to our squad and I’m confident that he will adapt well to our style of football, and make an impact for us.
Richardson also has 8 caps and 2 goals for England, and lined up with Zat Knight in the England shirt while he was a Fulham player. He leaves Sunderland under positive circumstances, having written his name into Sunderland folklore for a wonderful free-kick winner against arch rivals Newcastle.
HammyEnd wishes Richardson the best of luck during his Fulham career.