Fulham confirm signing of Richard Stearman from Wolves

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The 28-year-old has left Molineux after eight years on the club’s books to move to Craven Cottage.

Fulham have confirmed on their official website that they have signed experienced defender Richard Stearman from Wolves on a three-year deal.

The 28-year-old came through the ranks at Leicester City and was part of the Foxes’ first-team squad for four years before moving to Molineux.

Stearman made over 200 league appearances for Wanderers, including stepping out 77 times in the Premier League for the club.

The centre-half was a regular in England age-grade sides, starting at under-16 and moving through the ranks before representing the under-21 team on four occasions.

Last season the defender was a crucial member of Wolves’ team and was named as both the Fans and Players’ Player of the Year.

Wolves fans will be slightly bewildered to see the long-serving stalwart leave the club, but for Fulham the acquisition represents the capture of a player that can play a major part in the side’s ambitions this season.

With considerable experience at Championship level and in the top flight, Stearman’s reassuring presence has been added to a defence that conceded 83 goals last season - the second highest in the division.

Fulham have had a mixed start to the new campaign, picking up only five points from their first five games; one of Stearman’s major tasks will be solidifying a rearguard that continues to look less than secure.

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