Wolves: Richard Stearman not 'forced out' of Molineux

Richard Stearman Wolverhampton Wanderers
Richard Stearman made 234 appearances for Wolves in all competitions after signing from Leicester in 2008

Richard Stearman insists he did not feel "forced out" of Wolves after the defender's seven-figure deadline day move to Championship rivals Fulham.

"Fulham put a bid in. Wolves accepted it. That's pretty much how it was put to me," Stearman told BBC London 94.9.

Responding to the suggestion that Wolves fans were upset at his abrupt exit, he said: "That's nice to hear.

"Certainly the way I'd prefer to leave rather than being forced out of the door and not wanted," added Stearman.

Stearman's statistics
Stearman was Wolves' second longest-serving player, making 234 appearances and scoring six goals in his seven-year stay.
He was originally signed by Mick McCarthy, who also took him on loan to Ipswich in January 2013 when he fell out of favour at Molineux under Dean Saunders.

"I'd built up a great affinity with the club and I've got a lot of friends there, but I'm looking forward to starting a new chapter with Fulham and I can't wait to get started on Sunday."

Wolverhampton-born Stearman, 28, whose contract at Molineux was set to expire at the end of the season, has joined a Fulham side 14th in the Championship table, two places below Wolves.

He is scheduled to make his Fulham debut on Sunday at home to Blackburn Rovers.