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Gaffer Pleased With Stearman

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11:45 9th December 2013

Eyes on contract discussions with defender

Kenny Jackett says Wolves would be interested in trying to secure the services of Richard Stearman beyond the expiry of his current deal at the end of this season.

The Wolverhampton-born defender has been one of the key figures in an excellent defensive record so far this season, and, at the age of 26, is already through the 300 career appearances mark.

Stearman, due to train again today after having an injection to settle down some soreness near his Achilles, has impressed Jackett so far this season.

“He is in his final year and he’s a player we’re very interested in going forwards in the future,” said the Head Coach.

“He’s had a good season so far and as a club, we’re aware of the situation and we’ve discussed it.

“The very fact he’s been selected so many times this season so far means we’re very interested in Richard going forwards.

“Most importantly, he’s had a very good season for us and we’re very pleased with him in a defensive unit that’s looked very capable so far.

“So we’re very pleased with him.

“In terms of the regular back four and the most appearances, it’s been Sam Ricketts and Danny Batth and then Stearman.

“So he’s getting towards the top end age-wise, and with that comes a lot of responsibility which he is capable of doing.

“It’s a big part of playing that position as a central defender and talking and leadership are things whereby as he becomes one of the older players in the group now this season – which is quite new for him – but at times he’s been the most experienced defender.”

Jackett said there is no news as yet on a new contract for Danny Batth, whose representatives remain in talks with Wolves about a new deal.

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