Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
- Join Date:24/08/2012
The six-foot-plus talisman striker made the switch to Sunderland in August 2012.
Steven was hotly pursued by the Black Cats boss and put pen to paper on a four-year deal, ending weeks of speculation and column inches about his future, much to the delight of Sunderland fans.
Shrewsbury-born Steven kicked off his career in Scotland with Hibernian, where he scored 43 goals and picked up a League Cup medal in 156 appearances for Hibernian.
Despite his English birthplace, the striker chose to represent Scotland, his mother's home country and where he had lived since being a young boy.
He has represented Scotland at all levels and made his full debut in 2008 and scoring his first goal in a World Cup qualifier against Iceland in April 2009.
After six seasons across the border, Fletcher was snapped up by Burnley in the summer of 2009.
The Clarets swooped for the frontman ahead of their first-ever Premier League campaign and he made an immediate impact in English football notching a dozen goals in Burnley’s ill-fated 2009-10 campaign – including strikes against Manchester City and Chelsea.
Following the Clarets’ relegation, Mick McCarthy secured Steven’s services as he tasked the striker with spearheading Wolves’ attack.
He went on to become the first Wolves striker since John Richards in 1980-81 to score 10 goals in a top-flight season – one of those goals came in the 3-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in May 2011. He ended with the season with 12 strikes.
The next season saw the front man shine in a Wolves side that struggled in their third season of Premier League football. Once again he matched his previous feat and became the club’s top-flight record goalscorer.
However, his form in front of goal could not steer the Molineux outfit away from the drop and relegation was confirmed with four games to go. Nevertheless Fletcher continued to come up with the goods with two strikes in Wolves’ final two away games.
Fletcher's debut campaign was cut short due to injury on international duty in March yet he would still finish the season as the club's top scorer with 11 goals.
He returned to action at Crystal Palace on the final day of August 2013 and marked his comeback with a goal in a 3-1 defeat.