Richefond to continue with bit-part role at Loxwood

DM158417a.jpg Football, Haywards Heath Town v Loxwood. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150829-213241008
DM158417a.jpg Football, Haywards Heath Town v Loxwood. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150829-213241008

Former Crawley Town player Ryan Richefond will continue to play a bit-part role for Loxwood.

The young midfielder joined The Magpies at the start of the season after being released by the Football League club at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

The academy product trained with Reds in pre-season before linking up with his former Crawley youth boss Mark Beard at Plaistow Road.

The goalscoring central player caught the eye of plenty in the Southern Combination League and above, and signed for Ryman League Worthing on dual-registration forms back in November.

Beard has always rated the 19-year-old highly and is delighted he will continue to play for Loxwood when circumstances allow.

He featured in their 2-1 win over Broadbridge Heath over the Christmas period, and Beard said: “I know Jon (Meaney) and Gary (Elphick) - the Worthing managers, well and we have been trying to sort it, so that if they do not have a game or he isn’t needed he will play for us.

“But they are up the top of the table and fighting for promotion so they are going to want him and I imagine Ryan wants to be playing there and even higher as well.”

Beard is closing in on signing a new midfielder as cover for the injured Mark Cave and Ollie Gill ahead of their trip to resurgent Chichester City on Saturday.

The Magpies boss added: “They were quite a good team at the start of the season when we played them.

“We drew 3-3 in the league and beat them 3-2 in the cup, so have had two good games already, it’s just down to what the weather does really.”