According to getwestlondon, Jazz Richards snubbed interest from Aston Villa and Norwich City because he felt comfortable at Fulham following his loan move there from Swansea City last season.
The report states that the 24-year-old ignored interest from Villa and Norwich to join the Whites from Swansea for a deal worth £500,000 and boss Kit Symons played a major part in making him feel at home.
“Knowing I only had a year left at Swansea, it was the right time to get out and get some games,” Richards explained to getwestlondon. “The lads when I come here; you could see the bonds we had and long may that continue.
“Knowing the manager and how good he is and the back room staff - it’s a comfortable place for me.”
Would Richards have been a good signing for Villa or Norwich?
It’s fair to say Richards had never established himself as a proven Premier League defender and was often in-and-out the Swansea team.
For a Premier League side to take a chance on Richards, it would have been a big gamble as he has shown little in the past that suggests he can develop into a top quality full-back in the future.
For Fulham, however, Richards represents a player that should be able to play a key role in a Championship side. He performed admirably while on loan to the West London club last season, but fans will now be expecting more of him.
Next season, he should get a regular run of games throughout the campaign which is something he has never had in his career.