New boy Jazz talks after his debut
New loan signing Jazz Richards wants to show the Town faithful what he’s capable of after making his debut for the Club during tonight’s 2-1 home win over Charlton Athletic.
Welsh international Richards replaced Adam Hammill with 20 minutes to go, capping off a week of patience as the player and Club waited for his international clearance to come through.
“I’ve been here since last Tuesday waiting for the clearance to go through,” Jazz explained. “I’ve had to be patient and miss the first game (against Doncaster) and tonight I couldn’t really start as it only came through two hours before kick-off, but it was good to get on the pitch.
“It has been frustrating, because I was preparing to play and then the Manager had to come and tell me I couldn’t. That was disappointing, but luckily it came before tonight. Hopefully I can play in the next game.”
Jazz helped the Terriers see out some nervous final minutes after Charlton substitute Cameron Stewart had reduced the deficit that James Vaughan and Joel Lynch had created.
He continued: “I came on and we needed a bit of enthusiasm, which I tried to bring. I thought I did alright, but it was one of those games when we were ahead and a little on the back foot. Every game when you’re ahead late on is a bit like that.”
Richards has been with Swansea City as they have risen up the Football League and established themselves in the top flight and he believes he can see similarities between the Swans and Huddersfield:
“Swansea came up through the leagues and have done well and there are similarities with Huddersfield. I think the team looks stronger than it did in the Championship last year and that is another reason that I came here.
“However, the main thing was the style. Coming from a footballing side, I wanted to play in a footballing side. I had a bit of interest other than Huddersfield, but that really mattered to me and Huddersfield was the easy choice.”
With five games in the next 18 games for Town, Jazz is hoping for a lot of time on the pitch over the forthcoming weeks:
“I’ve come here to get games and play football. I’ve settled in now; I’m staying in a nice apartment, which is one of the main things to get sorted – you have to feel comfortable. The players are a good bunch too – they’ve made me feel right at home.
“Blackburn away will be a tough game, but all the boys are up for it. We have quite a few games coming up in the next three weeks and all the boys are looking fit and ready; hopefully ‘Hoggy’ (Jonathan Hogg) will be alright after coming off with a little niggle tonight.
“The more games I play, the fitter I will get and hopefully that is what I’m going to do. I can then show everyone how well I can do.”