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Newcastle United midfielder Michael Richardson and Fulham winger Ryan Williams are hoping for first team action

By Luke Cawdell

Michael Richardson (left) and Ryan Williams were subs at Gills on Saturday

Premier League loanees Michael Richardson and Ryan Williams are hoping life at Gillingham brings them much-needed experience.

The young pair both arrived before the weekend on initial 28-day loans. Australian-born winger Williams, 19, joined from Fulham while midfielder Richardson arrived from Newcaslte.

Richardson was working as an electrician three years ago before Newcastle plucked him from obscurity, where he had been playing for non-league Walker Central.

He has yet to play for the Toon Army but did have a brief loan spell at Leyton Orient last season. It has been his only taste of senior football before his arrival at Priestfield.

Richardson said: “That was a good test and it was a bit different to be playing under-21 football in games that don’t really matter that much. Results count in the first team.

“As soon as Gillingham came in for me I said yes, straight away. I couldn’t wait to start. The gaffer has given me lots of advice and hopefully I can repay him by doing well.”

Williams has represented the Socceroos at under-20 level and his two brothers, Rhys and Aryn, play for Middlesbrough and Burnley respectively.

He is also hoping to gain valuable first-team experience. Williams said: “It’s exciting to come to a winning team. It’s a good sign that a team who are in good form are interested in you.

Picture: Barry Goodwin

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