Richards completes Bradford move

Wolves Academy product Lewis Richards has left the club on a permanent basis, signing for League Two side Bradford City.

Having joined the Old Gold set-up from Brentford at the age of 15, the defender rose through the ranks to the first-team stage, being named on the bench 15 times.

His most notable appearance in the matchday squad came in the Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla in 2020, while he featured in ten of Nuno Espirito Santo’s Premier League squads.

The club’s Academy Player of the Year in 2019, Richards’ performances for Wolves also earned him recognition in the Republic of Ireland youth set-up, as high as under-19 level.

In recent years, the 21-year-old has gained experience on loan in League Two with two spells at Harrogate Town, playing 21 times in total, and now he returns to the same league with Bradford.

Jon Hunter-Barrett, academy manager for football, said: “Lewis has been a valued member of the Wolves Academy since joining us at the age of 15. We have all been pleased with his attitude on and off the pitch – he always applied himself correctly and represented the club in the right way.

“He’s continually developed as a player and helped those around him at the same time. Now is the right time for him to challenge himself in a different environment and find a new home, and we wish him all the best for the future.”