John Ruddy does not want to bail out on Norwich City

John Ruddy wants to stay and help Norwich City back into the Premier League. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd John Ruddy wants to stay and help Norwich City back into the Premier League. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
9:04 AM

Norwich City’s England international John Ruddy is ready to stay at Carrow Road and lead the Canaries’ bid to bounce back following Premier League relegation.

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Ruddy has already been linked with a £5m move to Crystal Palace since the end of the league season, but despite missing out on a World Cup squad place earlier this week the 27-year-old sees his future with the Canaries.

“I’m not a quitter, definitely not,” he said. “I signed a new contract with Norwich in October. I’ve got three seasons left on that contract. The situation is the same as it was last summer. There was a bit of interest from Chelsea, but Norwich didn’t receive a bid they deemed acceptable. If that’s the same case this summer then I’ve no problem with that. I’m very happy at Norwich. My family are very settled. Unless the club turn around to me and say we’ve accepted an offer for you, then I’ll be a Norwich player come next season. Norwich fans are fantastic. They’ve been very good with me. I had a tough time when I first joined here and they could easily have turned against me but they stuck by me, and I would like to think I have repaid their faith.”

Ruddy, speaking to the Daily Telegraph, revealed how much his England snub had hurt him after Roy Hodgson opted to name Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Fraser Forster in his 23-man squad and leave Ruddy on stand-by.

“I don’t think enough people really understand how much it does mean to players to miss out on a World Cup squad – or any international squad. I was very hurt by the fact that I’d been overlooked,” he said. “Some people might call me bitter but it’s not bitterness. It’s just sheer disappointment at not being able to be a part of it. You have similar disappointments in any walk of life but being in the England national side, in a game watched worldwide, it gets magnified.

“I am patriotic. This is England. This is a World Cup. This is an opportunity to wear those Three Lions on your chest. That’s something that any young boy or young girl – or any grown-up – would give anything for.

“I’ve been in squads for the last two years, and never really got a fair crack of the whip in terms of game time. I’ve never kicked up a fuss. I have given my all when there with England. It’s something I’m very proud of. The one thing people can’t take away from me is the cap I’ve got hanging in my house now. If that’s the only cap I earn then it’ll be the proudest moment of my career by a million miles. To represent your country is the pinnacle.

“I found out a couple of days before Roy phoned me that I would be on standby. To have 48 hours to digest it before speaking to him really gave me a chance to think over what I was going to say to him.

“It gave me a chance to get it off my chest, which is healthy, I needed to do that for my own personal satisfaction, to let Roy know that I do care. I made it perfectly clear to Roy I felt he made a bad call.”

60 comments

  • Oh. please, not another Houghton person. The horse trials start later this month. At, or near, Houghton Hall, I think.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • so its relegation again it was on the cards from the middle of october. the big thig is the city of norwich is not good enough to attract the realy high quality players.if 50% of the city players had realr earnt their pay we would have suvived. Mr Houghton was unable to change tactics and just blunded alond and hoped. I wonder if we had approached Mike Phelen to help Houghton until end of season he might have made a difference. If you are out of depth ask advice houghton could not do it.

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    AOTWAY@BTINTERNET.COM

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • So - will somebody "of authority" please reveal The Altitude of Declan Rudd? Sounds a bit like "The Picture of Dorian Gray". Matt has loomed over him, bluelight dwells alongside his Auntie, he towers over me, in a manner reminiscent of Ronny Corbett and Mini-Me. Hey, Declan, git you on down hare and tell us the exact distance between the top of yer hid and the sooles of yer feet. Tha`ll rewl out any o` that ol` Stiletto narnsunse. Let`s be `avin` yer!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Not looking to argue buddy just saying it how it is. Unless I put my missus high heels on that day. The main point being when you watch Rudd take to the pitch for a 90mins football game he does not fill me with confidence no more than the even smaller Bunn does. Looks to slight at present. Not knocking his goal keeper ability as like I said previously he and Bunn to be fair are very good keepers ability wise, just the physique that concerns me.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • mattias.no internet info.i live next door to one of his relatives,so my knowledge is personal..

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    bluelight

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Ruddy will be by far the best stopper in the Championship! :) OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • I think out of all the players linked with moves away (Snodgrass, Redmond, etc) Ruddy is the one im most confident of keeping, so hopefully its all a none event. If Ruddy stays i'd be hopeful Declan goes on loan to a top League 1 club again for a full season. I remember a certain Wojciech Szczęsny went on loan to Brentford for a season and returned virtually ready for the first team and hes not got the strongest physique. Quite similar to Declan to be fair. Went on loan to a league 1 club as same age and looked very similar to Declan off memory and he developed size wise & ability wise. Fingers crossed.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Let`s just hope JR stays, Matt. At least for another season. The Club`s not broke, so no urgency to sell, but nobody could be blamed for being tempted by a much better salary. Then there`s the matter of Contract. I fear that, should a realistic bid come in from a Prem outfit, JR may just have to go. I really hope not. Perhaps Hodgson`s dastardly act, leaving him out of the World Cup Squad, has helped us by putting a dampener on the potential price tag?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • I get the feeling things like wiki & such use the old fashioned wrestler trick by exaggerating the size. Clearly small but he's meant to be mean, so lets say hes 6ft7 and 300 pounds ;) On a serious note though its more his lack of muscle that worries me if he was thrown in as No1 next season.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Just seen your post, Gibbo. We must try for that pint sometime - have a quick reminisce about the Hewett School circa 1959-1966..

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • True, Matt, Dec does look a tad slight, but all info I`ve ever read about him has said he is 6` 2.5" or 6` 3". If you`ve stood alongside him, you are clearly best equipped to know. He does look taller than Bunn, who is down as 6` 0" (only Wiki). It could be an optical illusion, as Bunn is relatively chunky. Anyway, what`s a couple of inches between friends? Anybody over 5` 6" looks tall to me ;-) Perhaps somebody knows the official club data - though Dec may have grown a bit while at Preston! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • bluelight I dont know what search engine you used to find that stat out but im 6ft2 and much taller than young Declan. So unless hes grown a heck of a lot in the last year and my TV makes him look smaller playing for Preston, you'll have to trust the internet a little less for official measurements ;) Either way, point being he looks very slight in stature. While his technical side of goalkeeping is good (not amazing) his size does not fill me with confidence.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Ruddy is a professional player. He will leave for the first Premier team to make an offer for him.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Well done John Ruddy - I suspect this is an informed decision based on who the new manager is going to be - as senior pro he will be engaged in the appointment process. Lennon?, Sherwood? Laudrup? or DeMatteo even Hmmmm - let's see

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    Colchester Canary

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • I scoured the comments to see if anyone had made this pun... Nope! This is RUDDY good news... *ahem. Good chap. The cynic in me feels that he recognised any move anywhere else (Chelsea) would likely to result in him warning the bench up and massaging Cech's special head at half time to ease the tension. But, nevertheless, go JR, you hunk!

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • tonal quality of names, to me Ricky Lambert has the sound of a nightclub blues singer

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Good evening, bluelight, I think Declan may be even a bit taller than that. Bunn is a basic 6-footer, which seems to be small these days. He does not seem well equipped to deal with big strikers like Michu, Bony, Carroll, Wilfswoggle & Ronny Corbett, et al. Imagine him against quality monsters "the likes of" Holt, Ricky Lambert and Chris Martin. Dec is a good keeper. So is Jed Steer. Trouble is with `keepers is that you only need one at a time. Nearly as bad as Hughton`s striker policy, where you need none at a time. Keep you a` troshin` down the Yare on tha` booot, bor!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • John Ruddy could go to Palace if he so desired and we could employ John Budgie Burridge and we will still finish higher than the portman scrag ends !!! Roll on happy days .....

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    marcohendy

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • mattias.dec is not small,he is 6ft 2ins.

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    bluelight

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Misguided fools from oh I say the royal county of narwich no less are you for real ? the guys a professional footballer and unless you`ve been living on planet moron you`ll know that integrity respect and intelligence is something they don't have they are all merceneries who are out to get what they can get and unfortunately for the budgies its not championship football on championship wages he`ll be going to a bigger club and more money guaranteed...(off the ball city)

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    1961tractorboy

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I generally agree with Matt on all matters football. But I hate it when the word `hate` is used twice in the same message. Ooops! Now I`ve done it in the same sentence. How hateful of me. Sometimes I wonder whether we agonize about footy a bit too much. These players are grown-ups who elected to go, single-mindedly, for their own personal `brass ring`. If they fail, then they may be condemned to a miserable decade earning only £10k a week + sponsorships from the Vicarious Ones. Do the `math`, as our transatlantic cousins might say. I know for a fact that young Matt never gets emotional and hyperbolic at matches. Do you, Matt? Please back me up on that...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Although I admire Ruddy's loyalty - and I wish there were more players like him - you can't help but feel that staying at Norwich is going to kill is chances of getting back in the England set-up. He should move, but if not, I will very happily see him next season.

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    komakino

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Ruddy staying, happy days! OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • only about 90 more days of speculation to the kick off. after all how could woy pick wuddy, he already has enough on his plate with wayne wooney and welbeck.if only we had a woger wichards as well.Elmer Fudd attack in full.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • 1961tractorboy

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Dec must also be made to feel that he is the guaranteed No 1 replacement for Ruddy when is contract is up or leaves.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I don't know why anyone, other than Ruddy, is surprised or upset that he has been left out of the England squad. We conceded 62 goals last season; more than any other team except the two below us. Ruddy must be aware that had he been playing for a better team he'd have had a better chance of being selected. If I were him I'd move on.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • This is great to hear, but only if we don't lose Declan Rudd. If JR does stay then DR must go out on loan again rather than sit on the bench. I ask again though, what is the point of our England goalkeeping coach if he can't get JR in the squad - he must feel doubly let down. Let's get Chris Woods as GK coach. he's worked wonders with De Gea.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • 1961tractorboy - thanks for your learned input. The flaw in your contribution is that you are judging John Ruddy by Suffolk standards. Integrity, respect and intelligence are high on the agenda for people who live in the Royal county of Norfolk as opposed to the way many other counties lead their lives. As an example of that, can we assume that the 1961 part of your name is the year you were born? If that is the case, you must be in your fifties. Need I say more?

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    Mel Lacey

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • 1961tractorboy

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Year,Right! What a load of rubbish If you believe that you`ll believe anything he`ll be off just like the rest of rats that are going to desert the sinking budgie boat reality check needed budgies...(off the ball city)

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    1961tractorboy

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Very good news if this is true. Half the battle in the Championship is finding a good solid keeper, and in Ruddy we've got a gem. Keeping him this season could be the difference between staying down or returning to the ELP at the first attempt.

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Well said Matt - short memories is a recurring problem amongst our fans and in football in general. You can forget form as we used to know it - now you're literally only as good as your last game these days.

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Vary sorry for his frustrated international ambition, but when the wheels fall off in Brazil, he'll be glad he's not part of it, but for NCFC and us, this is excellent news from Big John, and what an example (again) to his colleagues.

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    Hants Canary

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Great news lets hope the club puts a massive transfer fee on his head should others come sniffing. A tenner says the first howler from the England will come from Hart. Foster's a mistake waiting to happen. TBH it's club over country any day of the week for me, couldn't give stuff about England.

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    Bookface

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Quite agree Mattias, Seb for some reason or other lost form and had a lot of stick for not being a 'Big Dunc' but if you're not playing well it's hard to motivate others. Also the amount of pressure put on the defence gave them a lot more to do and shows with the amount of injuries and changes, even so they only conceded 4 more than last season. I don't know about you but I am beginning to get a feeling of optimism about next season it's as if the dark clouds have lifted and a new era is starting, onward and upward. Though it could just be that the sun is out and it's feeling warmer.

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    Gibbo

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Kudos to John Ruddy. Most people think he is a class act and this confirms it. Other players take note.

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    CanaryWest

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • That's fabulous news. John Ruddy will be crucial for us in the Championship. Clough built from the back with Shilton and a good goalkeeper is fundamental. I remember relegation to the old First Division and keeping Woods and co was an mportant part of returning the following season. Could Hooper be our Drinks? Who'll be our Bertie Biggins? Could Fox be our Crook? Most of all we need a Williams.

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    RichardGarratt

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Bassong didnt have a good season. Accepted but some people have such short memories. He was player of the season last year and held in such high regard that we basically put the 2nd half slump of last season after the 10 game run down to his injury. As usual when someone is lacking in form the hate mob hound him out the club. At the away supporters end of season party put on by the club, Bassong was vocal with fans about not wanting to leave the club but looks like the club wants that. Bet he's gutted as it was not long ago he committed his future to the club signing a new contract.The simplistic attitudes really confuse me at times. Once again im not defending him as he was well bellow what he was the season before and i'd have personally dropped him but I remember just how key & vital he was last season in keeping us in the Premier League. Seems everytime someone is out of form a hate mob appears forcing them out the club.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Well said John Ruddy. Is there anyone else who hopes Bassong does not make a similar statement?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I have lost any respect I have for Hodgson over picking Foster instead of Ruddy - based on favoritism not perfomance. Foster turned his back on his country, yet RH picks him, but when pundits suggested John Terry be brought back he wouldn't consider him because he had said he had turned his back on his country. Pure favoritism for his WBA buddy.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I see no point John Ruddy leaving City for Crystal Palace. Tony Pulis may have kept the Eagles up (the first time Palace have not gone down from the PL after only one season) but JR should only move to one of the top seven sides. Transfer fee far more than £5m too. If City are not promoted back to the top flight before his contract runs out he will move on. No need to sell him. Others need showing the door.

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    Capri

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Ruddy has three years left on a contract that he willingly signed. So he should stay.

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    stormy

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I love John Ruddy, no, I really do. I heard him on Talksport and really felt for him. Terrible decision by Roy, a real stab in the back. Why would we turn down 10m from Chelsea then accept 5m from Palace? Lets hope a few more of our "stars" have this opinion and stay with us. After all we shouldn't need the money just yet, no debt and parachute payments should keep the directors happy for a couple of seasons at least.

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I cant seperate Bunn & Declan Rudd really. Both good keepers when it comes to the technical side of goalkeeping but lack the physical presence to ever fill me totally with confidence. Hopefully Rudd is due a growth spurt or can hit the gym hard. Personally if Ruddy stays i'd like to see Declan go on loan again for a full season so not to stunt his developement. Certainly wouldnt be happy with either as NCFC no1 put it that way. Not in such a vital season.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Can we have a whip round to buy dear old Archie a dictionary, how many times do we have spelling errors, do they not have a spellchecker? Take a 100 lines, "This is not the version of bail I need the version bale!!! Oh come on!

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Good to "see" you back Swiss. Ruddy or Rudd I'd be happy. Bunn could move on if JR stays, hopefully.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • you will get more caps john,because after the world cup hodgson will be outt of a job.

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    bluelight

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Forster is brilliant, any fool would be brilliant in that Mickey Mouse league and without disrespect to my dog he would look brilliant also, there is no opposition to Celtic so no work for their goalie. The other clown Foster hasn't been that good plus walking away and not interested in playing so he retired but a few weeks holiday in the South American sun free and whoops "Please pick me woy, im free" Ruddy never had a chance to show what he can do and would bust a blood vessel to play, next time woy comes calling, tell him you are busy! Good to show an example to the others in the dressing room that he wants to stay and put right what happened this season.

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I agree that JR's attitude is great both for club and country. A great servant and he says he is staying unless the club decides to sell him, that's the way it works. As for the "Free lie-ons", my prediction is a stuttering performance, an embarassing reputation for trying to save the day by diving in the box and an early flight home. FWIW, I think That Joe Hart has redeemed himself and shown that he really is the No.1. If Newcastle are looking for a new keeper, suerly a retuen of local lad Fraser Foster would be the popular choice with the Geordies.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Good one, JR! What a boost for City. Let's hope others follow his example.

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    CovCanary

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Well said chaps! Its gonna be a long summer of this rubbish :(

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Thank you JR, a real shot in the arm for the club. It's good to see that JR is proud to wear the England shirt as opposed to Ben "I'm retiring, no I'm not" Foster. Woy, hang your head in shame. Don't worry JR, England will be out of the World Cup after 2 games and back on the plane after 3, with only jetlag and heatstroke to show for the whole experience.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Spot on Matt, see little point in John going to Palace just to be a bench warmer that is for sure. I suppose the only reason it may happen is if another club has already made a bid for their current keeper. All we can do is sit and wait to see what develops over the next three months or so but I hope we keep John Ruddy with Declan as his number 2.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • JR would make a great club captan.

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    alan

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I hope this is not just puff. How many times has that tired old stuff about "I love this club, my family have settled here" been trotted out? Footballers can afford more than one home. John has been treated abysmally by Hodgson. I agree with Mattias.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I really dont understand the Ruddy to Palace talk. No1 they have a club legend in Julián Speroni who kept a heck of a lot of clean sheets in his own right last season (I should know as my fantasy football side romped to victory in the massive NCFC private league thanks to him!). Further more they signed highly rated wayne hennessey in the January Window as a future replacement for Speroni longer term. If Newcastle lost Tim Krul in their predicted mass clear out or a club like West Ham came looking i'd start to worry.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • And so ends John Ruddy's hopes of a call up again. Credit to him for speaking up though! Here's a prediction though. Immediately after the world cup Ben Foster will retire again making more of a shame of the England team and Woy will come calling back again.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Fully agree with JR that he has been snubbed. Statistically the next best English keeper behind Hart and deserves to be on the plane.

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    Will Wiseman

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • What great news this is!! And I hope it inspires other players thinking of "jumping ship" to think again. This is just the boost City need at this time. Well done John Ruddy!!!

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    Canarygirl

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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