Sheffield United allowed defender Richard Stearman to leave the club yesterday, the defender signing a deal with Huddersfield.
The experienced defender was integral last season for the Blades despite not being a regular starter. Indeed, his goal against Middlesbrough proved a crucial point of the season for the club last year.
But with the signing of Phil Jagielka in the summer and the recent addition of Jack Rodwell, it was inevitable that Stearman would soon be on his way.
A move to Huddersfield should allow Stearman to get some regular first-team football and Danny Cowley will no doubt be delighted to pick up an experienced central defender.
Blades fans were obviously delighted for Stearman to get his move, too. And despite him moving away from the club, there was plenty of praise directed his way on Twitter.
It’s safe to say that Sheffield United fans are very appreciative of Stearman.
Absolute legend @the_stears thank you and congrats for everything! Best of luck at the terriers! 🔴⚔️⚪️💪🏼
— Jake Bellamy🔴⚔️⚪️ (@BellersTheBlade) January 10, 2020
Best of luck Stearman, true professional and loved a pint or two when the Blades went up⚔️
— Liam (@liamwwood) January 10, 2020
— Jimmy The Blade (@JimmyTheBlade1) January 10, 2020
Always sad to lose a player who contributed to our promotion. He will be missed and Town have got a good player here @ellievpearson_
— Linzi poll 🇪🇺⚔️🔴⚪️👍🏻 (@Huddsblade) January 10, 2020
All the best @the_stears !!! Thanks for many great memories!!! ❤️❤️❤️
— 𝑱𝑶𝑬. (@TheBeatlebug96) January 10, 2020
Great leader amd great character. Good luck and all the best.
— HKBlade (@HKBladeChris) January 10, 2020
Best wishes @the_stears. Always rated you, and those scenes at promotion… Priceless
— Dave P ⚔️ ⚜️ (@david_a_pearson) January 10, 2020
Sheffield United News View
Richard Stearman epitomises everything that has been good about Sheffield United in the last few seasons.
He’s been the ultimate pro, contributing when needed and playing a big part behind the scenes. His experience has been vital and, if anything, he’s been as important as anyone in the squad.
Of course, it’s a shame he hasn’t got his chance in the Premier League. But the Blades are flying, so there was always going to be little chance of him getting games.
Chris Wilder, as he promised to do with Billy Sharp, has done right by Stearman. He’s got himself a move to a well-run club with a good manager.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, have got themselves an experienced Championship level defender and a player who will bring good habits and professionalism to the Terriers’ ranks this season.
Furthermore, they’ve got themselves a player who’s not afraid have a good knees-up come the end of the season if they achieve success!