It is no secret that Wolves boss Paul Lambert is desperate to trim down his large squad in the summer, which has made the future of Richard Stearman a mystery.
The long-serving defender who has played over 250 times for the Wanderers is determined to extend his stay at the Molineux.
Stearman is currently on a season-long loan from Fulham, and still has one year left on his contract at Craven Cottage.
Although, the Wolverhampton born defender has found games hard to come by this season.
Battling injuries for the majority of the season, has led to him only managing 15 appearances under Lambert this season.
However, after nine games on the sidelines, Lambert brought him back into the squad which beat Leeds on Easter Monday’s visit to Elland Road.
Marshalling the back four, Stearman’s fantastic performance was one of the reasons the Wolves were also able to maintain a clean sheet.in their 1-0 victory.
The 29-year-old hasn’t always been seen as ‘just a squad member’ though. As, he has enjoyed two season in England’s top tier, starting over 40 games in the Premiership. But he was also a regular part of the Wolves team which captured the League One title back in 2014.
“I have got to prove myself every day in training and if I get a chance, make sure I take it and show I deserve a place at this club. I have done it 250-odd times already and I want to continue to add to that,” he told the Wolves Express and Star.
“All I can do is play with my heart on my sleeve, play well, and do the most that I can to try and get a new deal – we will see.”
Wolves fans…What do you think? Would you offer Stearman a new deal? Is he still good enough for a first team spot? Let us know in the comments below!