Wealdstone striker’s having a Jolly good time

PUBLISHED: 18:11 26 January 2011

Richard Jolly

Richard Jolly

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GOALSCORING legend Richard Jolly says he would consider making a permanent return to Wealdstone after joining the club on a month’s loan.

Jolly amassed more than 100 goals for the Stones during a previous three-year spell at the club, forming a deadly partnership with current Everton striker Jermaine Beckford.

Stones boss Gordon Bartlett brought Jolly back on loan from Ryman League leaders Sutton United last week and the striker has already featured in back-to-back victories against Hendon and Hastings United.

“I want to help Wealdstone out because they are a club close to my heart,” said Jolly. “I spoke to Gordon in the summer before I went to Sutton and unfortunately it didn’t materialise, but who knows?

“It’s still possible. My deal with Sutton’s up in the summer and depending on whether they’re promoted and how they see me, we’ll take it from there.

“I was quite honest with Gordon – money was one of the reasons I didn’t come back in the summer. I’ve probably only got a few years left, so I think anyone would have taken what was put on the table.

“But it was also for football reasons. Sutton were up there and one thing I don’t have is a championship medal, even though I’ve played at Ryman level for 10 years, so I thought it’d be great to do that.

“Seeing how the Wealdstone crowd reacted to me, though, it pulled a few heartstrings, I must admit. It’s nice to be back and nice to be playing as well.”

Ironically, Jolly played at Grosvenor Vale as a youngster with Ruislip Manor, but made his name under Bartlett, helping the resurgent Stones to gain promotion to the Premier Division in 2004.

He moved on to Heybridge Swifts just under two years later and has since played for Braintree, AFC Wimbledon and Carshalton before moving to Sutton last summer.

“When I was at Wealdstone before, the club were playing at Northwood and things weren’t as stable, but now they’ve got a good base and it’s a good place to come,” Jolly added.

“Gordon spoke to me about bringing in some experience. Hopefully I can bring that to the team as well as some goals and fire them up the table – they shouldn’t be where they are, the way they play football.

“When I came in I could see the lads were a little bit down – they hadn’t had a win or scored in a while, but it’s all about confidence and hopefully they can kick on now.”

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