Jay Rich-Baghuelou interview

New Wings centre back Jay Rich-Baghuelou is delighted to have joined the club and can’t wait to get started.

The talented 19-year-old who stands at 6 foot 5 inches tall signed on the dotted line yesterday. Giving Wings fans an insight into what they can expect from him, he said, “I’m the type of player that likes to compete and dominate. I like to play on the front foot; I relish an aerial battle, a tackle and 1v1 duals, but most importantly, I can play a bit too! The technical side of things is something I’ve really focussed on over the last couple of years and with the hard work I’m putting in I believe I’m improving week by week, game by game.”

Having moved from Australia to the UK just over 18 months ago, Jay, who holds dual Australian-French nationality joined the youth setup at Dulwich Hamlet. Prior to moving to the UK he was at Gold Coast City FC. However, it wasn’t long before his performances for Dulwich at youth and first team level caught the eye of EFL clubs, and last season he enjoyed very positive trials with Championship clubs Reading and Charlton Athletic, but a move didn’t materialise.

There was more interest from the EFL following the end of the 2018/19 season, but explaining his decision to join the Wings, Jay said, “I’m ambitious and like any young player I obviously want to play at as high a level as possible. But for me, at this stage of my career it’s all about development, and I believe the best way for me to develop is by playing competitive first team football. Personally, for me right now, I think first team football is more beneficial than going to a league club and playing in the under 23s. I’m here now and I’m delighted to be, so I’m fully focussed on the season ahead and as long as I’m here I’ll give 100% for this club.”

On how the move to Welling happened, Jay explained the significance of the role our Chairman played, “I first heard of the interest a few weeks ago. There were discussions with Mark Goldberg and he made it clear that he really wanted me at the club. We discussed my development, the opportunities I would get, his plans for the club and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Reflecting on his time at Dulwich, Jay said, “I enjoyed my time there, I made some great friends but I’m a Welling player now and I can’t wait to get started!”


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