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Jazz Richards leaves Swansea for Fulham

Wales international and Swansea player Jazz Richards is to join Fulham.

Jazz Richards leaves Swansea for Fulham. Credit: PA

Fulham said it was signing Richards on a deal until the summer of 2018, with an option to extend until 2019, for an undisclosed fee.

Richards helped Wales to a 1-0 victory over Belgium in qualifying for the European Championship. The 24-year-old leaves the Liberty Stadium having made more than 50 appearances for the club.

When I was on loan here last season I settled in straight away with the lads and the staff, and I enjoyed the style of football that Kit Symons was trying to get the team playing. That made me want to come back.

– Jazz Richards


Ynys Mon rider seriously injured in Island Games crash

An Ynys Mon cyclist taking part in the Island Games in Jersey has been taken to hospital following a serious crash.

The accident happened between two women cyclists as they sprinted to the finish line. The Ynys Mon rider and another from Bermuda were competing in the Town Criterium race when they crashed.

The roads of St Helier were closed for a short time by police but re-opened just before 3pm.

Both women were taken to hospital. A meeting is expected to take place shortly to decide whether the men's Town Criterium race - due to take place tonight - will still go ahead.

"He fits our profile" - Monk praises new signing Eder

Swansea boss Garry Monk has praised the attributes of new signing Eder, with the Portugal international becoming the fourth new man at the Liberty this summer.

Eder scored 10 goals in 29 appearances for previous club Braga. Credit: PA

The striker joins Andre Ayew, Franck Tabanou and Kristoffer Nordfeldt at the Premier League club after notching 10 goals in 29 appearances for previous club Braga.

He moved into top flight Portuguese football with Academica in 2008, before joining Braga four years later.

"I am very happy to have signed with Swansea. It's a big club, and I believe I can progress as a footballer here. The Premier League will be a step up for me, but I've played in the European competitions and also for my country, so I've experienced different levels of the game. Hopefully, my team-mates will help me develop and settle in quickly at the club. I can't wait to meet all of them when I report for pre-season training. Swansea are a solid club who have big ambitions - last season confirmed that - and it's great for me to be a part of it."

– Eder
Eder also has 18 caps for Portugal. Credit: PA

Monk, meanwhile, is looking forward to seeing Eder help push his side closer towards European qualification next season, after having come so close last campaign.

"Eder is the type of striker we've been looking for. He has excellent attributes - strong, quick and technically sound with the ball. He has a good pedigree and is a full international with Portugal. He fits our profile in terms of the players we've signed in the last two seasons because he's young, hungry and eager to prove himself in the Premier League. He has the characteristics we are looking for, and will certainly add competition to the striking department."

– Garry Monk, Swansea Manager

Cardiff Devils re-sign captain Tyson Marsh

Tyson Marsh, the first Devils captain to lift a championship trophy for nearly a decade, will be back to lead the Devils for another season.

On Marsh's re-signing, head coach Andrew Lord said the club couldn't let him go.

He is our leader in the room and on the ice. He plays hard every night and is one of the best defencemen in the league every year. I am very happy to have him back wearing the ‘C’ for another season.

– Andrew Lord, Cardiff Devils

Portugese striker Eder signed by Swansea

Swansea City have signed Portugese striker Eder for an undisclosed fee.

Eder is joining Swansea City for an undisclosed fee Credit: Action Images / Henry Browne

The 27-year-old has agreed a three-year deal with the club from Portugese side Braga. Eder - whose full name is Ederzito Antonio Macedo Lopes - scored 10 goals for his home side last year, helping them finish fourth in the Primeira Liga. He scored his first international goal in a 1-0 win over Italy last week.

His arrival will boost Garry Monk’s attacking options which already includes Bafe Gomis and summer signing Andre Ayew. He is the fourth player to be signed ahead of next season.


Half a million pounds to be invested in grassroots football after Champions League Final

A legacy fund will be set up on the back of Cardiff staging the Champions League final in 2017.

The Champions League Final will be staged in the Millennium Stadium Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Wales Millennium Stadium was confirmed yesterday as the venue for one of the biggest games in football in two years' time.

The Football Association of Wales say at least £500,000 will be pumped into grassroots football to ensure a lasting legacy after the final in June 2017.

It is a massive, massive match - a truly global event. I have attended a number of these finals, and it is like no other match. It is mammoth. The staging of the event is just the start of it. Our job is to ensure that we utilise the opportunity for football in Wales and make it a Wales-wide celebration.

– Jonathan Ford, Football Association of Wales

An estimated 200 million viewers from around 200 nations are expected to tune in for the final. Additionally, the capital will be hosting the women's Champion's League final at Cardiff City Stadium two days earlier.

Dragons sign Gloucester prop Shaun Knight

Newport Gwent Dragons have announced they've completed the signing of tight head prop Shaun Knight from Gloucester.

Knight made over 60 appearances for Gloucester. Credit: PA

25-year-old Knight will join the region this week as they continue pre-season preparations.

Knight was a member of England's 2009 and 2010 Junior World Club squads and had a spell with Counties Manukau in New Zealand.

“I am really happy to have signed a contract with Newport Gwent Dragons. I start pre-season training with the squad on Thursday and am excited to know where this new challenge in my career will take me. The opportunity for me to move from Gloucester Rugby was there and after meeting with Kingsley (Jones) and Lyn (Jones), I felt that it was the right time to do so. I know a couple of the front rowers they have at the Region and am looking forward to learning off the experienced props like Boris (Stankovich) and Brok (Harris).”

– Shaun Knight, Newport Gwent Dragons

Since making his Gloucester starting XV debut, off the bench in the 2009/10 season, Knight went on to make more than 60 appearances for the club.

“We look forward to working with Shaun - he has been a regular at Gloucester for a number of seasons but has fallen out of favour. It’s a fresh start for him and a chance to prove himself with us."

– Lyn Jones, Director of Rugby, Newport Gwent Dragons

Head of Welsh FA says final will have 'lasting' effect

The head of the Welsh FA says the decision of UEFA to allow Cardiff to host the 2017 Champions League Final will have a 'long-lasting' effect on Welsh football.

We believe that staging both the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final and 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final will have a positive and long-lasting effect on Welsh football.

Today’s announcement is the culmination of two years’ of hard work and I’d like to thank all those who’ve helped the FAW fulfil its ambition of staging a UEFA Champions League Final.

– Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive, FAW
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