QPR boss confirms Richards move is still on

QPR boss Neil Critchley has confirmed the club still plan to sign Taylor Richards on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

Richards joined Rangers in the summer from Brighton on a season-long loan. The deal involves an obligation to buy him.

He is yet to start a game this term, having missed large parts of the season because of injury.

The 22-year-old was not in the squad for Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Swansea because of a sickness bug.

Critchley’s predecessor Mick Beale was highly enthusiastic about the arrival of Richards, who was regarded as a potential replacement for star players Chris Willock and Ilias Chair.

“He was sick, which is why he was not involved, but as far as I know that deal (to sign) is still in place,” Critchley said.

“I’ve known Taylor since his Fulham days before he moved to Man City. He is a highly talented player.

“It’s been hugely frustrating because he missed pre-season, so we have to build his fitness up through training.
“He has come on in the last two games and there is no doubting his ability. But for him he just has to be patient, keep working hard and take that opportunity.”