Stearman sees bright future

Wolves defender would welcome further additions

Stearman: Believes Wolves have been getting stronger with each passing season

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Richard Stearman believes Wolves are in good shape, but would welcome further additions.

Mick McCarthy has helped to cement the men from Molineux in the Premier League, with survival secured in consecutive seasons.

The challenge now is to push on and start climbing the standings.

McCarthy is working hard to piece together a squad capable of achieving just that, with fresh faces trickling in over the course of the summer.

Stearman is pleased with the progress being made by Wolves and is confident they will handle themselves better in 2011/12 than they have in their previous top flight campaigns.

He told the club's official website: "Each year we're gaining more experience - when we first came into the Premier League, there were only a handful of lads here who had played in the top flight.

"Now we're a team full of players who have that experience.

Established

"The longer we stay in the Premier League, the more established we're going to become.

"This club is the perfect environment for players to improve - that's been shown by how we've progressed since I've been here.

"In my first season we got promoted, then we stayed up and in the third season we survived again but with a better points tally and now we're trying to build on last season.

"Hopefully it won't be as nail-biting as it was last season and we don't leave it until the last few minutes of the final game this time, but maintaining Premier League survival is still our first priority."

Birmingham defender Roger Johnson looks like being the next arrival at Molineux and Stearman claims new recruits are most welcome, even if they put his own position in the side under threat.

He added: "It's great - it's what we need at the club and competition drives us all on to be better and work harder to ensure you keep the shirt or take a shirt.

"We've been linked with a lot of players and we're just hoping that more deals can be done."