By Anton Rippon
After 18 years with the Wolverhampton Express & Star, the paper’s West Bromwich Albion reporter, Steve Madeley, has left to join the Wardle Whittell Agency.
Madeley joined the Midland News Association’s training scheme in 1997 and spent 18 years with the group, beginning as a news reporter with the Walsall Chronicle before moving to the Express & Star news team in 1998. He has spent the last 12 years with the paper’s sports desk, first as Walsall correspondent and since 2007 as West Bromwich Albion reporter. He has covered Wimbledon tennis, Test cricket and Diamond League athletics for the paper before joining WWA to cover his home patch in the Midlands.
One of his last big stories for the paper was to reveal that Saido Berahino would not be leaving WBA during the transfer window, despite the fact that the player had threatened never to play for Albion chairman Jeremy Pearce again.
Wardle Whittell Agency was founded 25 years ago in Newcastle and has been national for 10 years, with bases in London, Manchester, the Midlands, Yorkshire and Newcastle, employing 10 football reporters across the country, providing content to newspapers and websites.
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