Kieran Richardson hails Roy Keane influence

Kieran Richardson of Fulham in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Fulham at Boleyn Ground on November 30, 2013
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New Aston Villa signing Kieran Richardson says that assistant manager Roy Keane played a role in his decision to join the club.

New Aston Villa signing Kieran Richardson has admitted that he is looking forward to working with assistant manager Roy Keane again.

The 29-year-old has moved to Villa Park from Fulham on a two-year deal.

Richardson has said that the presence of former Manchester United teammate and Sunderland boss Keane played a big part in his decision to join the club.

"That season when I signed for Sunderland I think I only played 10 games because I had a hairline fracture in the L5 vertebrae in my spine," Richardson told Clubcall.com.

"Throughout that season I was very upset, I put on a lot of weight and I got bigger. But just before the end of that season, Roy took me into his office and we had a massive conversation.

"He inspired me to go away in the summer and come back in better shape than I had ever been in. I went and played very well in the next season. He gave me some good words of encouragement to go and do that over the summer and I appreciate that."

Richardson is Villa's third signing of the summer transfer window.

Kieran Richardson of Fulham in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Fulham at Boleyn Ground on November 30, 2013
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