Richard Stearman has said the prospect of working with Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy was too good to turn down after he completed his move from Leicester City on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old defender is an admirer of McCarthy and he is hoping his new boss will be able to turn him into an even better player after he signed a four-year-contract for an undisclosed fee.
“The gaffer is trying to build a young and hungry squad here and hopefully I’m adding to that,” said Stearman, who was born in Wolverhampton.
“I’m really looking forward to working with him, particularly as he was a former defender himself.
“It’s been a long summer and I’m really pleased to get something sorted. Now I’m just raring to go.”
“Wolves are a massive club which probably should be in the Premier League,” he added. “There’s a massive fan base who are expectant of Premier League football and if that brings pressure and expectation then rightly so.
“It’s such a big club with sizeable crowds and the fans want Premier League football, as do all the players. Hopefully with myself coming in along with a few others we can all help get Wolves where they deserve to be.”
Stearman revealed former Leicester team-mate Jamie Clapham, who was released by Wolves last season, was full of praise for the club and helped convince him to move.
“I spoke to Jamie on the way over here and he had nothing but good things to say which only added to my excitement,” he said.
“I’d been at Leicester since I was ten and have got some good friends there so I wish them all the best. They were brilliant for me and hopefully I did well for them, but obviously I’m delighted to have joined Wolves.”
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey revealed the club had been chasing Stearman for some time before finally getting their man.
“He fits the mould of young and hungry players that we like to recruit. He has huge experience in the Championship,” Moxey said.
Meanwhile, top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has rejected speculation that he wants to leave Wolves and said he is fully focused on helping the club gain promotion.
Ebanks-Blake finished last season as the top scorer in the Championship and has already begun his own pre-season to make sure he is fit and sharp enough to score more during the coming campaign.
For the second consecutive summer, the 22-year-old has been training at a Health Spa in Hertfordshire with John Goodman, the former Millwall and Wimbledon player, and put his performances last season down to his summer work.
“For me the speculation will always be there, especially if you are scoring goals, but I am a Wolves player as it stands and I am gearing up for a big season with Wanderers,” he said.
“The training gave me a real kick-start to the season and if it has the same influence again then it can only be good for me. It was a no brainer and I was always going to come back. John is brilliant and he has helped me out throughout the year.
“Obviously I had a good year last year and I just want to keep it up. I am very much a team player so promotion is the target, not the number of goals I score.”