Kenny Jackett has pinpointed Richard Stearman as one of his dressing room leaders for next season.
Having signed a new two-year contract in the summer, Stearman will continue his role as one of the key figures within the Wolves dressing room along the likes of skipper Samuel Ricketts, Carl Ikeme and Dave Edwards.
With plenty of experience in the Sky Bet Championship, and the Premier League, the Wolverhampton-born defender will be keen to enjoy another successful season, his seventh at Molineux.
“Richard had been here through some bad times and been here through some good times,” said Jackett.
“The year before last he spent time on loan at Ipswich and maybe that helped him coming back and freshened him up.
“But he came back with a great focus last year and did very well.
“I think I played him right back once at Bradford and maybe once or twice he was substitute when I went with Danny Batth and Sam Ricketts, but after that he played left centre-half and was excellent.
“He’s formed a very good partnership with Batth and we also have Ricketts who can play that position and Ethan Ebanks-Landell who’s a really good player as well.
“So we are not short in that department.”
And on the added bonus of that extra leadership from Stearman?
“He’s been one of the ones who have been able to make that transition through different regimes and at 27 I’m looking for him now to be a really good senior pro,” says Jackett.
“Like Carl Ikeme he is coming into his best years - he has a lot of experience now and I’m looking for him to lead.
“You’re only as good as your senior professionals - he is, and will be, a good senior professional for us who will lead the club and that’s very important.
“I’m delighted he re-signed and I’m delighted he is staying.”