Richard Stearman has revealed his pride at being involved in a second Wolves title in his time at the club – and hailed the team spirit which helped fire the team to a record-breaking success.
The Wolverhampton-born defender is out of contract this summer, but Head Coach Kenny Jackett has already stated he would like to keep him at Molineux if possible.
And the 26-year-old, with almost 200 Wolves appearances to his name already, says he would certainly relish the chance to continue his stay beyond the current six years.
Stearman and Dave Edwards were the only two survivors in the starting line-up for Saturday’s game with Carlisle from that which enjoyed a similar celebration on the final day of the 2008/09 season, when the defender notched the only goal of the game in injury time against Doncaster.
“It was a very special end to the season,” he says of Saturday’s celebrations.
“I feel very lucky to have experienced it not once, but twice, and with such a great club as well.
“You have to savour these days as some players are not fortunate enough to enjoy one, let alone two.
“I am very proud to have played a part in a great achievement.
“The team has changed completely from last season and you have to congratulate everyone from players to staff to the Chairman for what we have achieved.
“It has been a record-breaking season as well with different records tumbling and that shows how well we have done this year.
“Team spirit has been one of the big differences for us this season.
“It obviously helps when you are winning games but even when we have struggled at times earlier in the season there was a unity there and that will stand the team in good stead next season.”
Stearman finished last season with an impressive loan spell at Ipswich, but was quickly brought back into the Wolves fold by Jackett and played a key role both on and off the pitch in the club’s revival.
“I have always loved my time here, this season especially, it’s been great for myself personally,” he added.
“Last year I thought my time may have been up here but luckily the gaffer wanted me here and stuck with me and hopefully I have rewarded him for that.
“And I have thoroughly enjoyed being one of the more experienced players in the dressing room this season.
“It is another string to my bow to take on that more senior role and I think I have thrived on it and the boys have responded to my role in a positive way – I have loved every minute of it.
“This is right up there for me in my career – hopefully I will see more in a Wolves shirt as well.
“I’m waiting now to see how things go, we will have to see what happens.
“If something can agreed then nothing would please be more than to be here for ‘x’ amount of years.”