Tigers and Eels fans will know him well, and since his move to the Super League, he has grown strength to strength – and his career will take another step forward, this time making himself available for Ireland for next year's Rugby League World Cup.
Richards, 30, is the son of Irish born parents, was a key factor in Ireland's campaign that fell just short of the semi-finals, with the goal-kicking winger looking forward to another World Cup campaign with the Irish.
â€œI will definitely be putting my hand up to play for Ireland again,â€ the 2010 Man of Steel told Wiganâ€™s website www.wiganwarriors.com.
â€œThe World Cup is a very special competition. Everyone wants the international game to grow and unfortunately itâ€™s only around World Cup time that seems to happen which is a bit of a shame.
â€œI have some great memories from the last World Cup with the Ireland squad. We just enjoyed each otherâ€™s company and enjoyed just going out there and playing.
â€œI have spoken to quite a few lads who played for Ireland last time and they are keen to play again.â€
Richards is especially looking forward to facing off against Australia, who are in Ireland's group – as he plans to get all of his family across to watch the game.
â€œThat is a chance for me to get all my family across for that one which will be really special,â€ he added.