Truro City captain Jamie Richards reached a landmark 200 appearances for the club in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Farnborough at Treyew Road, writes Cameron Weldon.
After five years at the club, Richards has become quite the fans favourite following a move from Plymouth Argyle in 2015. He was named captain in 2018 following the departure of fellow centre-back Ben Gerring.
Speaking exclusively to the Independent, Richards said: “I am delighted to have made 200 appearances for the club. I know people say that it flies by but it genuinely feels like it was only a few months ago that Steve Tully was on the phone trying to get me down to Treyew.
“It is certainly something that I am proud of, especially with the carousel that non-league football is. Not many players stick around for that long at one club but I have managed four and a half seasons not out.”
It is clear that the defender, who has also represented the likes of Weymouth and Torquay United as well as Northern Irish side Linfield, has found a home at Treyew Road and is enjoying his football.
“I have always loved pulling on a Truro shirt. I am one of those people to chuck everything at whatever it is that I am doing. I would like to think that gets noticed both in and out of football. Even in training, I will give 110 per cent and try to get that out of everyone else too.”
Truro sat top of the Southern League Premier Division going into this weekend’s fixtures and Richards is confident his team can achieve their goal of promotion.
“This season has been unbelievable so far and full credit to the boys and management team. The gaffer [Paul Wotton] has bought in some of the best players in the area and got us playing some of the best football we have done in a long time.
“We are going into games knowing exactly what is expected of us. We know that he will accept nothing less. That gives us that extra ten per cent in games, which I think is the key to this season’s success so far.”
Meanwhile, young striker Will Swan has had his loan extended at Truro from parent club Nottingham Forest.
The 19-year-old forward joined the White Tigers in early January on a month’s loan and hit the ground running with six goals in his opening five matches for Wotton’s men.
“I am buzzing to have my loan extended,” said Swan. “We are winning games and I am scoring goals. I am hoping for more of the same.
“Life at the club has been great. Everybody involved has made adjusting very easy. I enjoy myself every time I come down.”
The striker scored twice on his debut against Metropolitan Police before netting against Dorchester in a 3-2 away win. Another brace followed in the victory at Swindon Supermarine while he also got the winner last weekend against Farnborough, in what turned out to be a hugely profitable month.