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Jack Richards leaves Maidstone United after rejecting new contract

Jack Richards has left Maidstone after rejecting a new deal.

The popular midfielder always looked likely to leave the Gallagher Stadium having barely featured this season but was still offered a contract.

Richards, who turns 20 today, is desperate to play regular football and has decided to move on.

Jack Richards has left Maidstone Picture: Andy Jones
Jack Richards has left Maidstone Picture: Andy Jones

Head coach Hakan Hayrettin said: “I wish Jack all the best.

"For him to go on and better his career he needs to make sure he stays injury-free and shows determination and dedication wherever he goes.

"I hope he works hard and proves to people what he's capable of.

“It’s how far he wants to take it. I hope he does well.”

Richards joined Maidstone aged 12, progressing through the youth ranks and academy to reach the first-team squad.

He made his debut as a 16-year-old in the Stones' National South promotion-winning season and scored the winner on his first National League start against Wrexham in 2017/18.

The wideman went out on loan several times to clubs including Welling, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Faversham.

He spoke about his uncertain future at Maidstone towards the end of the season.

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