Justin Richards: Tamworth sign former Oxford striker

Justin Richards

Tamworth have signed striker Justin Richards on a free transfer, following his release by Oxford United.

Richards, 32, began his career at West Brom, before joining Bristol Rovers.

He also had spells at Colchester, Stevenage, Woking, Peterborough, Grays, Boston, Kidderminster, Cheltenham, Port Vale and Burton.

The Lambs have also signed 18-year-old winger Kaiyne Woolery from Maidstone United to take their total of signings to six this summer.

Richards and Woolery follow the arrivals of striker midfielder and defenders and

Sandwell-born Richards began his career at The Hawthorns in 1997, making just one appearance before moving to Bristol Rovers for £75,000.

He failed to score in 17 appearances during his two years there, which included loan spells at Colchester United and Stevenage Borough.

A year back in the Football League at Peterborough, including loan spells at Grays Athletic and Boston United, was then followed by two seasons at Kidderminster Harriers, where he netted 23 goals in 70 games.

Moves to Cheltenham Town (11 goals in 44 games), Port Vale (nine in 42) and Burton Albion (12 in 48) were then followed by a move in January to Oxford, who he first joined on loan from Harriers in 2008.

But a torn cruciate knee ligament injury in February forced him to miss the rest of the season and Oxford released him in May.