Richard Stearman has completed a return to Wolves after the Fulham defender signed a loan deal with his old club that will take him back to Molineux until the end of the season.

Stearman only signed for Fulham in a deal that could have been worth up to £2m last September has struggled to recapture the form that saw him voted Wolves’ player of the season in London. He was made just 32 appearances for the Whites and his only first-team appearances this season have been in Fulham’s EFL Cup wins over Leyton Orient and Middlesbrough.

Wolves were keen to sign an experienced centre back before the closure of the transfer window and their 27 year-old former defender, whose sale provoked serious criticism at the time, fitted the bill. Stearman’s opportunities for first team football at Fulham were restricted by the permanent arrival of Michael Madl and loan signing of Tomas Kalas – who have formed an excellent partnership at the heart of the defence during August – and were further dented by the capture of Icelandic Euro 2016 hero Ragnar Sigurdsson last week.

Stearman is expected to go straight in Wolves’ manager Walter Zenga’s thoughts for their home clash with Burton Albion on September 10.