Richard Stearman open to permanent Wolverhampton Wanderers return

Richard Stearman of Wolverhampton Wanders passes the ball during the pre season friendly between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on July 28, 2015
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Wolverhampton Wanderers' on-loan defender Richard Stearman says that he would be interested in returning to the club permanently from Fulham.

Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-back Richard Stearman has admitted that he would be interested in rejoining the club on a permanent basis.

The 29-year-old spent seven years at Molineux before being sold to Fulham in a surprise £2m transfer in 2015, but returned to the club last summer on a season-long loan.

"If ever I was going to leave Fulham permanently, Wolves would be my number one choice, definitely," said Stearman, who hit a milestone of 250 Wolves appearances earlier this week. "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.

"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 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."

Stearman - a product of the Leicester City academy - made 29 Championship appearances for the Cottagers last term.

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