Former Huddersfield Town, Wolves and Derby County defender confirms retirement

Former Huddersfield Town defender Richard Stearman has announced his retirement from professional football. The 36-year-old chalked up 585 senior appearances across two decades, the majority of which were made for Leicester City and Wolves, with the defender earning three promotions during his career.

Stearman spent one-and-a-half years with the Terriers after joining the club in January 2020. He featured 38 times in the Championship for Town before going on to play for Derby County and Solihull Moors prior to his retirement.

In a post on X, Stearman said: “As players we all know that this day will eventually come. However, it has always somehow seemed in the future. That another season playing will just happen, as that’s what we do.

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“Well for me that day has now arrived. After 20 years and nearly 600 appearances I am announcing my retirement from professional football.

“Reflecting on my career I feel incredibly fortunate and proud to have represented the clubs I have. Thank you to all the managers, coaches, general members of staff and my agent Tam. Without you guys none of it would have been possible.

“To my teammates, thank you. On a day-to-day basis you have made coming into work an absolute joy. We have shared extreme highs and lows together and I am lucky enough to call many of you friends for life. In truth you guys are what I will miss the most.

“To the fans. Thank you for your continued support throughout. As Covid proved, the game is a shadow of itself without you. I feel grateful to have built a special bond with many of you. Please know I have loved my time at each one of your clubs. I am and will continue to be a fan of them all.

“To my parents and sister. Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough. Your endless sacrifices have made it possible for me to live my dream. I hope I have made you proud.

“Lastly to my incredible wife Beth. My biggest supporter through the good times and bad. You have given me three beautiful children for which I am eternally grateful for. Your love and support has meant the world to me. Our family is my greatest achievement.”