Jazz Richards arrives at Huddersfield Town with experience beyond his years and a stand-out performance against the world's most expensive footballer, Gareth Bale, under his belt.

That's the message from Media Wales football correspondent Chris Wathan as the 22-year-old Swansea City loan man trains ahead of a possible John Smith's Stadium debut against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

Wathan has charted Richards' career from his very earliest days at the club and through the Wales age-group sides and reckons the Town faithful will be welcoming "a real footballing right-back" to Mark Robins ' Championship mix.

“Jazz came through as a midfielder when Swansea were starting their passing philosophy under Roberto Martinez, so he is imbued with that natural comfort on the ball,” said Wathan.

“The strides Swansea have made saw him given a chance at right-back – and he is a real footballing right-back.

Ashley 'Jazz' Richards
Ashley 'Jazz' Richards
 

“Defensively he is very sound and, whenever he has been asked to come into the Swansea side, he has never let anyone down.

“Jazz is very versatile, too. When he made his Wales debut against Croatia in March he was given a role on the right hand side of midfield, so he has got that sort of level of trust about his performances.

”Richards is from a sporting family and has two well-known cousins in Ospreys rugby union wingman Eli Walker – who was in the Wales Six Nations squad – and super-middleweight champion boxer Tobias Webb.

“Jazz is a talented player and, had Swansea not progressed quite so quickly as they have, then he would perhaps have played more games,” added Wathan.

“He is at the stage now where it’s tough to get past Angel Rangel at Swansea, but Jazz is at the age where he needs to be playing games week in and week out, and if he gets that experience then I’m sure both him and Huddersfield will benefit.

“I remember the New Year’s Eve before last he played against Spurs and was up against Gareth Bale – and he certainly gave as good as he got, so that’s a measure of what he is capable of.

"He doesn't have a massive amount of League games to his credit with Swansea and during his loan at Crystal Palace, but he has played a lot of games with Wales all through his development so he does have an experience beyond his years in many ways.

"He just needs a run of competitive games week after week, not just here and there, and he'll be hoping this loan to Huddersfield can provide that so he can really find his game and showcase himself."