Former Sheffield United defender Richard Stearman says he'll 'always be a Blade'

Former Sheffield United defender Richard Stearman has described the ‘amazing journey’ he enjoyed during his time with the Blades.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 11:00 am
Updated Monday, 13th January 2020, 3:59 pm

Stearman left the club by mutual consent on Friday to sign an 18-month contract with Championship strugglers Huddersfield Town.

The 32-year-old, who joined the Bramall Lane outfit from Wolves in July 2017, was a popular member of Chris Wilder’s squad but found first-team opportunities limited this season.

Now he has taken to Twitter to send a farewell message to United staff and supporters – who will forever remember his celebrations when the Blades secured promotion to the Premier League last May.

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He wrote: “Now the dust has settled, what an amazing journey it has been Blades.

“An incredible dressing room, a manager/staff I have the utmost respect for and a club/fans that I was honoured and privileged to represent.

“Made memories that will live with me forever! Always a Blade…Stears.”

His tweet attracted nearly 500 replies as well as good luck messages from United strikers Billy Sharp and Oli McBurnie.

Defender Richard Stearman celebrates after scoring in the Carabao Cup second round match between Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane in August. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

@Blades_Mad posted: “Once a Blade, always a Blade. You made countless contributions. You will always be welcome back to the Lane with open arms. Thanks for all you did in your time here, hasten I say off the pitch as much as on it. All very best, Stears!”

And @KW04 wrote: “Top professional and thank you for being part of the incredible journey with us. My friend who's a Town fan asked what you was like, I told him how much you're loved at the Lane and they're getting a top professional. Good luck.”