Richardson weighs up future
Leam Richardson will give Accrington first refusal on his future, but accepts it may be hard to stay.
Last Updated: 24/05/10 12:27pm
Leam Richardson will give Accrington Stanley first refusal on his future, but accepts it may be hard to stay on non-contract terms.
The full-back had played just once this season before recovering from a long-term groin problem in time to play the final two games of the campaign.
The 30-year-old has received offers from other clubs for next season, but he insists money will play no part in his decision as to whether or not he remains at the Crown Ground.
"I'd already been asked by a few people to go and train with them," he told the Lancashire Telegraph.
"It would be hard to stay here and not get paid, with mortgages and everything, but I did say I would give them first refusal.
"The gaffer and Jimmy (Bell) have been absolutely fantastic with me this year. They've looked after me and that's all I could ask for."
Richardson had to take a pay cut before signing a one-year deal last summer, but his fitness remains his top priority and he added: "Last year they had to cut people's wages and I was no different, so obviously I missed out on a lot.
"But for me it's never been about money, it's been about playing and being fit."