Former Gloucester City defender Marc Richards is getting ready to kickstart his Australian footballing career with Manly United FC.
With his best friend Matt Smith rounding up the A-League season in style with a Grand Final and league victory with the Brisbane Roar the former Gloucester City defender is looking forward to the start of the State League.
Richards will be playing in the New South Wales State League, having enjoyed a trial with A-League outfir Newcastle Jets – where Michael Bridges currently plays.
He said: “The season starts at the end of March and I can’t wait, pre-season has lasted forever. It looks like I’ll be captaining the team this season.
“I’m looking forward to it and hope to lead the team to much success. We beat last years champions Bonnyrigg in a friendly at the weekend so hopefully we will be competitive.”
After cheering former Hartpury and Cirencester Town teammate Smith on in the A-League Grand Final, Richards paid tribute to his friend’s support in helping kick start his Australian football adventure.
He said: “Matty has been absolutely amazing since we arrived and before coming to Oz. His contacts have been immense and he is highly thought of out here.
“We watched him play against Perth when he scored in Brisbane and against Sydney FC. The football is growing out here as the grass roots shows with more youngsters playing football then any other sport; there is a lot of potential. If a chance came up to go pre-season with the Roar then I’d love the opportunity, however, I do start a job in the city next week so it may depend on that.”
With his old team back home lying in 15th in the Blue Square Bet North table Richards had a few messages for his Gloucester teammates.
“I don’t need to wish the Glos City boys any luck for the remainder of the season as I know they will be comfortably safe with the quality in the side,” he said. “I had to laugh when Nosey (Matt Rose) was covering at centre-half, it’s about time! Webby’s dress sense should be keeping everybody in good spirits during the tough times. Morfs (Will Morford) and Mikey (Symons) bickering like an old married couple has got worse I’m sure, along with the constant Borisisms during team talks and is Rands (Lee Randal) still acting like he’s one of the coaches and not the kit man?
“On a more serious note its great to hear Jack Harris is back in training and on the road to recovery.
“To the Glos supporters, we could do with some of their special City support in Manly to get the players going and finally to Gord, Sal and Sandra the food over here isn’t anywhere near as good!”