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07:00 17th February 2017

Richard Stearman says it is an ‘honour’ to have played 250 games for Wolves.

The 29-year-old defender joined for his second spell at the club on a season-long loan from Fulham in the summer.

There was some uncertainty of when Stearman’s 250th game was, however it has been confirmed that it was Tuesday’s game against Wigan Athletic.

Stearman is now hoping that he can go on to play many more games for the club.

“250 appearances for Wolves is such a massive honour for me - when I left, I never thought that I’d be able to reach this milestone - hopefully there are many more to come,” he said.

“At the time, I didn't even realise that I was close to reaching that many games for the club but once I had been told, I was delighted and honoured really.

“I’m really humbled to make such a massive number of appearances at such a big club - an amazing club, hopefully I can get many more here as well.

“You hope that you don't have to move about too much but football’s such a nomadic job that you could be anywhere within six months.

“I found that out myself, things can change quite quickly.

“I’ve been very lucky in my career that I’ve managed to be quite settled, albeit in the past year or two, maybe not.

“To have such a long time at this club, the club I’ve grown to love, it’s amazing for me.”

The 29-year-old first joined the club in 2008 from Leicester City, before leaving permanently in 2015 for Fulham.

Since being back at the club, Stearman says a lot has changed but the fan-base is still incredible.

“There are a lot of new faces since the last time I was here, there’s been a lot of change behind the scenes but the fan-base is still the same - it’s incredible,” he continued.

“The goal is, and always has been, to get up and out of this league and I think with this manager and the players that we’ve brought in, we’ve got a very good chance of that.”

“I think I’ve grown and matured throughout my time at this club, as a player and as a man.

“Maybe at the back end of my first spell here, I’d become a role model and leader within the dressing room, whether it be out on the pitch or outside of the club and it’s something that I love doing.

“I jumped at the opportunity to come back here - to put on the gold shirt again was a massive pull for me. If that could happen again, that would be perfect for me.

“If ever I was going to leave Fulham permanently, Wolves would be my number one choice, definitely.

“I hope everyone can see that I play with my heart on my sleeve - I will give everything I can every time I cross the white line.

“The performances might not always be there but I’ll give everything for the badge and long may that continue.

“Everyone’s been great and on a personal note, I think my form’s been pretty good - I‘ve been happy with the way I’ve been playing.

“We look to a massive game at the weekend and hopefully we can emulate the win at Anfield.”

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