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Wolverhampton Wanderers to wait over new contracts

18 March 2014

The futures of Richard Stearman and Dave Edwards have been put on the back-burner until Wolverhampton Wanderers' promotion aspirations are determined.

Defender Stearman and midfielder Edwards are out of contract in the summer but boss Kenny Jackett admits their situations will only become clearer when it is known whether Wolves will be playing Championship or League One football next season.

Jackett's men currently top the third tier's table and have two games in hand on third-placed Leyton Orient, who are still three points behind Wolves, suggesting the midlands club will come to the bargaining table next May from a position of power.

"I think for everybody and anybody who is in contractual situations - barring any younger players that are beneath - we won't do anything until we know what division we are in," Jackett told the club's official website.

The Wolves boss would certainly like to see Stearman remain in the Black Country, though.

"He's had a very good season - both competitively and passing," Jackett added.

"As a centre-back he is generally comfortable on the ball and out of the guys who have been here for some years he is one of the ones that has stuck this year.

"Perhaps going on loan at the end of last season (to Ipswich) helped him and helped him come back fresh - made him appreciate what he has got got here and made him want to play here for whatever reason, I don't know.

"But I am very pleased with him. He's formed an excellent partnership with Danny Batth.

"Can I see him being part of the future? Yes, I do; I think he has done very well.

"I have picked him on a consistent basis and it has been a good unit.

"It is something that we will assess during the summer but for Richard I have been very pleased with him and I do see him as being part of the future."

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