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JOSH RICHARDS IN SWEDEN

Midfielder Josh Richards, who was released by Argyle at the end of his apprenticeship is furthering his career in Sweden.
IFK Östersund, who play in Division 2 Norrland (4th tier) and play their home games at the Jämtkraft Arena, are managed by former Argyle apprentice Ben Smith who has been very successful with his managerial exploits in Sweden.
‘Toby Davis contacted me about Josh so I contacted him and asked him if he fancied coming out to Sweden on an initial 12-week period which is through the League Football Education,’ said Smith.
‘It’s a programme funded through the PFA and EFL which allows recently released apprentices to come out to Sweden on an initial 12 week period and see if they can progress with their football here.
‘Sometimes the disappointment of being released by a Pro Club knocks you back, something I have experienced, and you might stay local and play Non-League. But this is a great opportunity for youngsters to play in another country and also help them develop some life skills which they will take onboard for the future. 
‘It was something that was not around when I was released by Plymouth and I think it’s great as if Josh impresses, and enjoys it, then there is nothing stopping him coming back to us or progressing further,’ explained Smith.