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UPDATED 07:12 17th July 2012

Richard Stearman moved across the Midlands to join Wolves from Leicester City for an undisclosed fee in June 2008.


Wolves beat off interest from several other clubs to secure his services with a four year deal.


Stearman, who was a member of the England under 21 squad for their games against Bulgaria and Portugal in November 2007, was born in Wolverhampton before moving away from the area at an early age.


He had previously played at England junior level and, although only 20-years-old when he moved to Molineux, he had already amassed 130 appearances for Leicester.


Stearman made one of the centre back positions at Molineux his own as he kicked off his Wolves career and was also rewarded with his first England-under-21 cap in the 2-0 win against the Czech Republic at Bramall Lane in November, 2008.


And the defender marked his 37th league appearance of the title-winning 2008/09 season with his first goal, the headed winner on injury time of the final day of the season against Doncaster.


He then spent part of the summer in Sweden as England-under-21s reached the final of the European Championships, playing the full game in the draw in the group stages with eventual winners Germany.


Stearman made an impressive start to life in the Barclays Premier League, scoring in the draw with Hull towards the start of the season and producing a high level of consistency on the right hand side of the defence.


However, after beating sent off at home to Wigan in January, 2010, Stearman lost his place to Ronald Zubar and the Frenchman's form saw him keep his place for the remainder of the season.


Stearman did however respond positively in the 2010/11 season, enjoying a sustained run in the side in the centre back position and making 36 appearances in all competitions.


His high level of form earned a new three-and-a-half year contract signed in the middle of the season tying him to Molineux until the summer of 2014.

There was a time when it looked like Stearman's future wouldn't last until then as he was loaned out to Ipswich for the final stages of the 2012/13 season, ironically helping the East Anglians avoid relegation as Wolves themselves suffered the drop.

But his ability and experience was quickly pinpointed by new Head Coach Kenny Jackett as being vital to the cause, and Stearman returned to hugely positive effect as one of the lynchpins of the 2013/14 League One title success.

That secured a new two-year contract, plus a further year's option in the club's favour, and Stearman continued his Wolves' resurgence on returning to the Championship, scooping both Players' and Fans' Awards for Player of the Season for 2014/15.