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Stearman tips Wolves for Europe – and eyes joining them in the Prem

Richard Stearman is convinced Wolves will qualify for Europe – if not this season then next.

The former Wolves defender, now at Sheffield United, keeps a close eye on his hometown club’s fortunes and was at Wembley as a summariser for radio for the FA Cup semi-final defeat against Watford.

The 31-year-old told “They have done fantastically well, not just this season but last season as well and it’s a good time to be a Wolves supporter.

I see them going from strength to strength. It’s hard not to, with the investment that continues to be made, that Wolves won’t do that.

They can get European football this season and if not, they will certainly get it next year, and all the plans Fosun have got, it’s an exciting time for the club.”

Stearman is hoping to be back at Molineux next season – as part of a promoted Sheffield United team in the Premier League.

The former Leicester centre back has been on the winning side without conceding in each of his last seven appearances for the Blades, who are in third position in the Championship, three points off the last automatic spot held by Leeds.

Fingers crossed but let’s not get ahead of ourselves! It’s going OK at the moment but there will be a few more twists and turns in the run-in. But we’re in a good position,” he added.

Hopefully we can see out the job and I can be back at Molineux next season with Sheffield United.”

Stearman is the only player who was a regular in three divisions for Wolves during their double dip relegation then promotion back to the Championship. Matt Doherty and Carl Ikeme also made the same rollercoaster journey but both only played once in the Premier League, while Stearman’s one-time central defensive partner Danny Batth was also at the club at the time.

The former England Under-21 international boasts two promotions in his seven-and-a-half years at Molineux over two spells.

And he believes that know-how gained – particularly in the more tense moments such as now – is crucial.

It’s vitally important,” he said. “Certainly there are a few in my current dressing room who have done similar things, and for players who haven’t done that before, they can look to you for advice or just the way you carry yourself on and off the pitch to lead the team in what can be a tough time for a player.

I’m fortunate in that I’ve been able to do it a couple of times with Wolves and hopefully I can make it once with Sheffield United.”