Neil Adams - Norwich City is in safe hands with John Ruddy

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy will prove his class in the Championship insists Neil Adams. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City keeper John Ruddy will prove his class in the Championship insists Neil Adams. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
8:12 AM

Neil Adams insists Norwich City’s Championship promotion bid could not be in safer hands with John Ruddy.

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The England international was impressive in the club’s final pre-season work-out against Spanish La Liga side Celta Vigo at Carrow Road last week and Adams is convinced the 27-year-old will prove his class in the second tier this coming campaign.

Ruddy’s future was the subject of much speculation in the immediate aftermath of Norwich’s Premier League relegation, with Arsenal heavily touted as a potential destination before bringing in Nice’s David Ospina.

The St Ives-bred keeper signed a long term deal keeping him at Carrow Road until 2017 this time last year following interest from Chelsea and Adams is delighted his number one’s name has dropped out of the gossip columns as they gear up for the Championship kick-off.

Leroy Fer and Nathan Redmond continue to be touted with potential exits, but Ruddy made it clear after his England World Cup snub he aims to be part of the fightback.

“There was a lot of speculation over him during the summer but he is happy here and we want him here and that is just as important,” said Adams. “John needed to get some work in so I’m sure he wouldn’t have minded having to make a few saves (against Celta).

“He is a top keeper and it is much better for him to have that type of work-out than stood there between the sticks watching us score goals for fun.

“He needed a test, like the rest of the lads, and he certainly got one but he stood up to it.”

15 comments

  • Anton Ferdinand? you must be joking-we are not that desperate!

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    borderman

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Having seen a lot of 'keepers down the years ( when I first started following City it wasn't remarkable to see a Goalie light up a restful fag during lulls in the action ) I dont rate Ruddy , but then I had the privilege of watching Kevin Keelan in action . I dont grudge mistakes and occasional fumbles , but with a specialised goalkeeping coach as a permanent fixture in the management nowadays , and frankly not much else to do all week but practice his art , I question why so many goals go in that on looking at the replay look saveable , and why so many balls booted upfield go off target . Yes I realise he is not dealing with 8 pounds of sopping wet leather with a lace you could fix railway track with , as Ken Nethercott was used to , but still . . . . . . I think we missed out in not buying Fraser Forster after he was here on loan , he seemed to me to be very much in the K.Keelan mode , same cat-like reflexes and acrobatics , the ability to whip into a scrum of players to snatch the high cross out of the air . I'm glad JR feels settled here , and his family happy here too , not just here for the money . Let us hope his talents shine this coming season .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Lets give JR a fighting chance this year by bolstering our CB pairing. Michael Turner is fragile and seems to take ages to recover from injuries. I say we make a punt to sign Anton Ferdinand on a free before he commits himself to Reading.

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    Lucioperca

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Spot on. Look at clubs who have tried to encourage a passing, flowing game. Swansea Utd etc...all look for the short pass to a full back,centre back or DMC player who is looking to quickly pass the ball on to a player who can cause damage. Shows how tactically flawed Hughton was. Lets get the defenders and keeper hoofing the ball forward to a striker who is known as a fox in the box type. Whole system was flawed. Plenty of Talent in central midfield but it was all bypassed in favour of a hoof forward or looking for Snodgrass. Most teams proved how easy we were to play against. Thank god that era is over.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • In fairness malaga the "big kicks upfield" to which you refer came from desperate attempts to take the pressure off our defence whilst trying to get the ball through to our striker perhaps.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • At least JR won't be punting the ball up to the lost cause that was Snodgrass. Never understood that tactic as the ball either went out or Snodgrass failed to meet it. His distribution is not a patch on Rudd's but hopefully NA will get JR throwing it out more to our attack minded wing backs . . .

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Agree, swiss. Im in no rush to push Declan through. IMO another full year on loan would have been a massive benefit to him. Could still happen to be fair. El Dingo thats fair enough. If im honest Murray is a player I dont know enough about really to fairly comment. Ill admit I did switch off slightly from the championship while we were doing well under lambert. I couldnt tell you who was top of the league and who was bottom as all I cared about was the Premier League and NCFC where as before when we were in the championship I tended to indulge myself into every league taking it as much as possible. Odd but guess ill have to just get back in touch with the wonders and joys of the championship now. The lad we missed out on at Coventry was known for his pace more than anything else so I'll assume the type of striker Adams is still looking for is someone fast, rather than a stronger Murray type. Wait and see, but still kind of hoping Neil surprises us and brings in someone stronger defensively. Not someone I'd ideally want but I see Reading are trying to get Anton Ferdinand who is a free agent. Does make me wonder who else is still out there with out a club. Did anyone hear the story with ex ITFC player Darren ambrose going on trial with that shambles Blackpool? At last count they have 13 players currently and at the weekend they invited 6-7 players to their friendly to play a part on trial. Ambrose was one and he along with a few others showed up and the club didnt even known who they were. Not saying everyone should know who Ambrose is but come on, if you are a professional football club surely you should have a slight idea who he is. The way he described it, anyone could have just turned up and said they were a pro and got a run out. The manager is refusing to speak to the media etc...its a shambles as Ambrose described it. Could really have done with playing them first game really before they sort themselves out.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Matt I often tend to agree with you but Murray is not a player I like. Or Danny Graham. We need one more up top but a CB is the priority imo.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • He is the sort of rock that you need at the very back and his commitment is fantastic. It makes it difficult for Dec but that's the way the cookie crumbles I am afraid.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I actually think thats a big reason he isnt looking to force a move. In this day and age power is always in the players hands if he wants to force a move. Contracts mean very little these days, they just give the club a better chance of getting a good deal. Ruddy however is a fairly local lad, very family orientated and his missus is very settled and doing very well from a business POV and im sure thats a factor. If we fail to achieve promotion in struggling fashion im positive he will be on the move next summer. From our clubs POV that may well suit all parties by that stage as young Declan Rudd will have had another year to progress and could be ready for the step up.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I want JR to stay here and join the elite list of 'keepers we have had over the years. Just had a stroll along Sheringham beach why oh why would anybody want to leave such an ideal lovely area and, with the fine city of Norwich on the doorstep. Come on you yellows we are bursting at the seems for the season to get started. OTBC.

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    Egyptian canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Glad to see he's on board. Agree with the comments on ball distribution but surely that must be a fault of tactics\coaching and not left to the keeper's preference.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I see Ruddy in a similar place to Rob Green after relegation under Worthy's leadership. I've been positive that unless a silly offer comes in, he wouldn't force a move and would give us atleast this 1 season to get back up immediately. I see QPR are set to sign Jordan Mutch from Cardiff. Hopefully thats a bit of good news for NCFC in terms of Fer not leaving (yet). Personally I feel we urgently need defensive cover in, but I do wonder if the clubs still looking at striker additions. Seems clear they are after they failed getting Wilson from coventry, and surely if RVW leaves they'll be stepping up that search. Half wonder whether a cheeky attempt at getting Glenn Murray would be worth a go if he is deemed Surplus to requirements at Palace.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • He remains a brilliant shot stopper and his presence is a commanding influence in the box. Last season, however, he suffered as a result of poor defending and indecision among the defenders in front of him. The one aspect of his game I would like to see worked on, however, is his distribution. His kicking can be erratic and I'd like to see him throw the ball out more. Possession is nine tenths of the game so why give it away so readily with big kicks upfield? This apart, Ruddy remains a fine keeper and I am sure he will regain his confidence this season providing the defence improves - which it still needs to do.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Well, it looks like JR is true to his word, and wants to stay with Norwich. At only 27, he has many years of top goalkeeping ahead of him. Good chap. (Please don`t spoil that by leaving, John...)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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