Allan Saint-Maximin is believed to have convinced the club to take him on trial, with the pair being good friends from their time together at Saint-Etienne’s Academy.
He then went on to score a stunning overhead kick while at the club having previously been employed as a bricklayer – and Richards isn’t buying it.
Here is what he former Man City defender said on BBC Radio 5 Live:
“This story is ridiculous but brilliant at the same time.
“So he scores an overhead kick on ‘bring your to mate to work day?’
“It’s an interesting story but he can’t be any good, surely?
“There are so many players out there who want opportunities and he scores an overhead kick.
“I hope he proves me wrong.”
If he was given a trial at the Toon to help sweeten the deal for Saint-Maximin’s new contract, then that’s good enough for me!
That said, Steve Bruce insists that he’s earned a one-year deal by right and not just because he’s ASM’s ‘mate’.
It’s a low-risk signing as it is hardly going to cost us a fortune to keep him on the books – especially when he claimed he’d be happy to play for free in his first interview last week!
If he turns out to be a good player, then happy days! But if not, then at least we had a good story to tell and kept our star player settled and smiling.