Richardson excited to reunite with Roy Keane at Aston Villa

The midfielder, who completed a move from relegated Fulham on Friday, credits Paul Lambert's new assistant manager with revitalising his career in a dark spot at Sunderland
Aston Villa midfielder Kieran Richardson is excited to work with Roy Keane again, claiming that the Irishman revitalised his career.

Richardson played with Keane at Manchester United and under him during his spell as Sunderland manager.

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The 29-year-old winger joined Villa from Fulham on Friday and is looking forward to once more teaming up with Paul Lambert's new assistant, whom he says helped him through one of the toughest moments of his career.

"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 Villa's official website.

"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."