Defender Richard Stearman reveals why he joined Huddersfield Town after Sheffield United contract was cancelled by mutual consent

Defender Richard Stearman has revealed why he joined Huddersfield Town after his Sheffield United contract was cancelled by mutual consent yesterday.

Saturday, 11th January 2020, 10:00 am
Updated Sunday, 12th January 2020, 3:39 am

Stearman, who played 52 times for the Blades after joining in July 2017 and scored five times, has signed an initial 18-month deal with the Terriers.

The 32-year-old was a popular member of United’s squad but found first-team opportunities limited in recent times, after the arrivals of the likes of John Egan and Phil Jagielka.

And Stearman, speaking after putting pen to paper at Huddersfield, said: “I’m delighted to be here and really happy to get it over the line. I’m raring to go now, meet the lads and get out on the green stuff. Like I said, really raring to go and looking forward to the challenge.

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“It’s a fantastic club with great history, recently relegated from the Premier League, with real ambition. I wanted to be a part of it.

“At my previous club I didn’t play as much I’d have like this season, they’ve gone on to do fantastic things and I couldn’t force my way into that.

“I was keen to get out, play some games, prolong my career, get out on the green stuff and Huddersfield Town wanted to give me that opportunity.”

Just like his time at Bramall Lane, Stearman is keen to be a good influence on and off the field at his new club.

“I’m not just here to help on the pitch, I can do a lot of it as well in and around the dressing room, help the lads along,” he added.

“There’s a lot of good young players here as well.

“It’s about creating the culture and the good habits that the Club needs, I think.

“He knew how many games I’d amassed in this division and in the one above. He was keen to get me through the door to help not just on the pitch, but in the dressing room as well. To be a leader for him on the pitch.”