Norwich City must fight to keep John Ruddy out of the clutches of Premier League rivals

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy is reportedly attracting interest from a clutch of Premier League clubs. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City keeper John Ruddy is reportedly attracting interest from a clutch of Premier League clubs. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, May 29, 2014
9:29 AM

Norwich City’s resolve to keep hold of England keeper John Ruddy will face a stern test this summer after both Arsenal and Sunderland emerged as potential options for a Premier League escape route.

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The Gunners were yesterday linked with a £6m raid for the Canaries’ number one to provide competition for first choice Wojciech Szczesny after compatriot Lukasz Fabianski agreed a four-year pre-contract move to Swansea on July 1. City’s relegation rivals Sunderland also have Ruddy on a watch list of new recruits after the Black Cats released back-up keepers Keiren Westwood and Oscar Ustari.

City’s hierarchy reiterated last week they are under no pressure to sell any of their players despite slipping out of the top flight, but the likes of Ruddy and midfielder Robert Snodgrass continue to be touted with Carrow Road exits.

Ruddy pledged to stay in the wake of Norwich’s relegation and his England World Cup heartache after penning a new deal last season keeping him in Norfolk until 2017, following serious interest 12 months ago from Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea.

“I’m not a quitter, definitely not. I signed a new contract with Norwich in October and I’ve got three seasons left on that contract,” he said earlier this month. “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 excelled against the Gunners in a 2-0 final day Premier League defeat that confirmed the club’s league fate, and the FA Cup finalists are reportedly tracking the 27-year-old, along with Cardiff’s ex-Norwich keeper David Marshall and Reading’s Alex McCarthy. The Norwich stopper has also been linked with Crystal Palace, with the Eagles’ long-serving first choice Julian Speroni yet to agree a new Selhurst Park contract.

55 comments

  • That was quality prose, PaulH. Too much Dullard`s Bitter?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • I see 1961tractorboy needs to keep his hands busy home alone in the dark.

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Strikes me most of this sports blog are the thoughts of chilren

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    PaulH

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Or Snott the nasty bitch

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    B Inners

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Or even D1ck van D!jk?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • OMG. A word, used in the context of an OED definition - " a ditch or watercourse" - not allowed through by the same Moderators who were happy with f*ck etc. Shameful. Crass. What would D!ck van Dijk make of it?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • You dont have to spend big in this league to be competative, or go foreign for that. Lambert and co. were extremely successful with a load of players no one else wanted at the time, no big names , hardly any brass being chucked around but it worked. Its all about individuals fitting a team ethic and pattern something the previous incumbant got badly wrong!! I think Adams will build a squad far better prepared for whats ahead than any of the other ' candidates ' who were on the radar and two decent sales could fund that easily.

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    marcohendy

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Why does Archant happily endorse stuff like haha`s crude and banal "contribution"? Matt, in your post you used the expression "many moons ago". Try putting an "r" after the first `o` in `moons` & apply it to haha. ;-) Isn`t a haha some sort of drainage ditch, or dijk?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Why does Archant happily endorse stuff like haha`s crude and banal "contribution"? Matt, in your post you used the expression "many moons ago". Try putting an "r" after the first `o` in `moons` & apply it to haha. ;-) Isn`t a haha some sort of drainage ditch, or dyke?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Not meaning to nit pick but we have had a local derby with Ipswich in the Premier League as I was there ;) Many moons ago now mind you. Was there in 1995 & 1993. Believe 1992 was the first one off memory but I wasnt in attendance for that one. (Please dont hold me, quote me or troll me on this, my memory isnt the best!)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • It must be a slow day in the dole queue in Ipswich as the village idiots are out in force, the last comment from "haha" illustrates the quality of humanity in that region.

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    Brycland

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Premier League rivals, if only .Has Paddy forgotten that we got relegated earlier this month

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Well we could sell our best players and re-invest in unknown players from untried European leagues.......never know might work....might score a goal or two!

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    Glenn

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Personally , i think the money we could get for Ruddy , and Snods would far outweigh the value of them to the team , so why not ?? Are they that irreplaceable ??

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    marcohendy

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Liz, Tractor, hello. I popped down to Carrow Road yesterday to see if I could move my season ticket from one part of the Jarrold stand to another. I was keen to sit nearer the half way line. Guess what though....... I couldn't get two seats together. Completely sold out and still a waiting list for season tickets. How are things down at Portman? Sold any season tickets at all? I heard there was buy one get one free at Ipswich and they still couldn't shift them? Loyal supporters :-)

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    Double D

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • The board have already started building for this season,they put in charge a YTS manager who hasn`t got a clue,and this at the very time knowledge and experience was the least you needed,they bottled it.If it wasn`t so serious it would be laughable.............(off the ball city)

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    1961tractorboy

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • What a Hoot - thanks for pointing out my error - quite amusing one though. Chris, I hope targets are being identified and pursued in private. That normally seems McNallys way. I don't need to hear who until the deal is done.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Agree with Chris that we need to be making moves to start building for next season now. However the new structure of a football board overseeing football matters is not even in place so how can we be active in the market? It is reminiscent of the dithering that took us down in the first place.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Big money in....little money out!

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    Glenn

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Ruddy will go. Replace him with Matt Ingram from Wycombe and let Ingram and Rudd battle it out. Bunn's not good enough.

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    Colin

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Mattias. Good comment about Jewell and Keane. I also struggle with the trolls from Ipswich on here, as once we got promoted, I always said I hoped they would too, as we have never had the local derby played in the EPL - that would be great for East Anglian football and for real fans competitiveness instead of stupid negative comments.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Agree with Paulwho. Before we appointed Adams I wanted a few honest opinions from Celtic season ticket holders on Lennon and the amount of messing around I had to go through just to sign up and get some opinions off a simple message board really wasnt worth the bother. As much as I dislike Ipswich, Ipswich fans and that horrible place in general I cant imagine myself being that sad on a scale of 1 to ginger, that Id actually go onto one of their websites, make a account and put some poor attempt of a wind up. Boring as per usual. They've had a rough time being in the championship that many years in row so it aint a surprise they are bored. To be fair they had the woeful Roy Keane and Paul Jewell as well and they truly give Roeder & Hughton a good run for their money.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • What worries me is that we need to be making moves soon to start building for next season. Our rivals already are. We already seem to be loosing out on the decent free transfers that are available around this time. We can't sit back and wait and see who's still here the week before the window closes and then strengthen as required. The club should be in control of it's destiny, not waiting to see what others do. Set a price for the likes of Ruddy that will sort out the serious contenders from the bargain hunters, and make sure if we do loose him and others it's done as soon as possible and leaves us with the funds to reinvest in the squad.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • It always amazes me that 1p5wich trolls have enough time to waste haunting another team's sites. Snott clearly doesn't have enough massage clients and What a hoot seems to keep a library of things Norwich supporters have said in the past, go and get a girlfriend for goodness sake.

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    PaulWho

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Mattias333

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Thursday 29th May Mellow-Yellow says - "the Championship consisting of teams mostly made up of PL rejects, donkeys, and pub players I'm certain we'll find ourselves 'up there' come the end of next season." Must bring this statement out at the end of next season and see just how the marvellous NCFC have faired. As for DJ_Framboise surely you mean mercenaries and not missionaries or are you just reliving your fantasies again?

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    What a Hoot

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • M Y, you seem happy to constantly have a pop at me for stating the obvious, however there is plenty of sunshine in my outlook right now and I look forward to the challenge of Championship football next season. I think Ruddy is an excellent keeper but am not unduly worried if he decides to move on for the sake of his career. I will still be there every game next season cheering the team on and the year after that irrespective of what league we are in, will you.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • In 1985 when we were relegated the club made a bold statement that nobody was for sale and the players' job was to regain the status they had lost. At the time we had some very saleable assets in Woods, Watson, Bruce, Mendham and Deehan but they stayed and we went straight back as Champions. The club then enjoyed nine years in the top flight. The simple message is you get nowhere selling your best players and if you don't need the money you tell the predators to back off. For me, if Ruddy goes it will signal our acceptance of being a Championship club.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • I don't know how much of this is "story generation" and how much is true, and whether Rudd is ready for No. 1 goalkeeper or not, but I am concerned with the price I see associated with Ruddy, Only 6M, when Cardiff are putting a tag of more than twice that on Marshall. It seems to me all the NCFC players in recent seasons that are moved on are at bargain prices or free. Why is this this? Ruddy must be worth more that 6M.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • I personally dont feel comfy with Rudd being no1 next season should Ruddy leave. While I dont question Rudds ability, I have issues with his size\frame. Just doesn't fill me with confidence (similar to Bunn who technically is a good keeper as well). I wonder how many full 90minute games people who claim hes ready have actually seen of Rudd while on loan at Preston. I wont lie, i've only seen 2 full 90minute games during his loan spell (+ a handfull of highlights on the FL show). Im not trying to tell those who think Rudd is ready they are wrong im just interested to know what the reasons for him being ready are? This is a huge season and we need everything to click and go right otherwise I can only see us being doomed to midtable nothing for years to come like the boys in blue down the road. I did ask in a post the other day but none of the people claiming hes 100% ready to be no1 had an answer.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Hi 'Malaga' if you're there. Drove up through Frigiliana today, what a lovely place you live in during our winter. Unfortunately it was market day and there was no where to park. Even saw your little football pitch. Asked the locals if they knew 'the Norwich fan'. Stayed on the road ( if you can call it that) all the way to Torrox ( glad I bought a spare pair of undies). Nearly got stuck on the narrowest village road in the world in Torrox, you must know of it, a right turn at the end. I made it though. Back to blighty tomorrow. Re JR I think he'll go, a) we can't hold him back and b) I'd go if I were him. Didn't Chelsea offer £8m for him last year? I do hope all our 'ins' and 'outs' are completed as soon as possible. Ever the optimist, next season, BRING IT ON !!!!

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • The headline reads NCFC need to keep John Ruddy from premier league rivals clutches. The thing is NCFC have no interest in keeping any player worth a few million who a premier league side will bid for. The only players left from this season will be the ones nobody else wants.

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    Simon Whittred

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Yes Blackdog, Declan's loan at PNE must have done wonders for his development. Nothing like game time for that. As suggested by young Murphy, C'ship may be an opportunity for some that may not have got a shout in the Prem. Bring it on. OTBC.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Everyones right technically. If you want to take the hard line you slap a massive over priced tag like £15m on him. Then its up to someone if they want to pay well over the odds or offer something substantial but obviously lower than that and see if we accept. With that though you run the risk of upsetting the player. While Ruddy in my opinion isn't like most footballers these days and at least in the public eye wouldnt cause any trouble (take his interview the other day for example about staying with the club) it may ruffle a few feathers behind the scenes out of the public eye (how it should be). Said player could kick up a fuss about overpricing him out of a move, even if hes told the press hes happy and all the rest. In reality I cant see Ruddy moving unless hes guarenteed 1st choice. Next thing you have to consider is he may have an agent in his ear telling him he will be no1 without any fact behind it, long as it makes his agent money. All ifs and buts, but they must be considered. Wait and see folks. Going to be a long summer.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Liz - I know you can't read down your way, but these quotes are from Ruddy, not a random Norwich fan. Clever girl.

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    JimBob

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • We don't have to fight to keep him. He's happy, he's under contract. We just need to make sure that if he does go we get the right price. Other clubs think it's a buyers market and they can knock us down, but really it's a sellers market. The nearly 10 million difference between Marshall and Ruddy is because Cardiff have set the bar high, but Arsenal and others think they can get us to accept a lower offer. If we take £6 million when a comparable player is being offered for £15 million then we might as well get ready for league 1.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Little Yellow Birdies price may be a bit excessive but he is on the right lines- look at the price Cardiff have placed on Marshall. Firstly ascertain whether Ruddy really wants to stay as our number 1 rather than a top clubs No2.. If he does - then move heaven and earth to protect his position. The club must be seen to practice what it preaches oneness so that everyone feels involved Directors, Canaries on the pitch,Canaries in the stands. Being seen to be fair UNITES! Above and beyond all as far as playing staff are concerned is actually wanting to play for the incomparable Canaries!

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    mardler

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • I suppose Arsenal and Sunderland can loosely be described as Premier League rivals. Ruddy will go. There's no doubt about that. If we can find a keeper better than Rudd and Bunn we should do it, but if not it might be good to give the No1 shirt to Rudd or a good young keeper, like Matt Ingram from Wycombe.

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    Colin

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • I thought it looked like we were going to get Fabianski on a free and Arsenal were going to pay £m's for Ruddy. Oh well.

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    Simple

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Being realistic if Ruddy does go and the coffers are swollen with more pound notes we still have Declan Rudd and Frank Bunn who never let anyone down.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • So far only one Prancing Donkey fan from Portaloo Road has surfaced, not that they have very many judging by the gates they had to watch a team of recycled borrowed players I doubt if Hartlepools, Crewe or Walsall will be making offers for many that are left, some of the teams on Sloughbottom or Eaton Park might be interested though! It is easy to look and be envious at what City have in comparison to their debt riddled outfit. This comedy is better that Britains got talent.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • In the world of football money talks. No matter what contract a player signs ,it is just a worthless piece of paper. If the price is right Ruddy will go. He may make all the right noises about staying but why stay in a second rate team when the premiership beckons?

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    stormy

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • We should set his price at £80m. It's going to cost us that in revenue next year having thrown away the most important asset in getting back up.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • 17,000? Bit Generous! When ever I watch the Football League show all I can see is Blue Seats in massive patches. Heck there was 1000s of spare seats against QPR which was surprised me. Then again why are we surprised? They still had spare seats for the derby game last time we thrashed them. (maybe they knew what Paul Lambert was about to unleash).

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Cannot see John Ruddy leaving us for a Premier League team. Look where we got him from in the first place, the Everton bench. He was never used there and always loaned out so I don't see many opportunities coming his way should he leave us other than more of the same. He knows the club, has a stable career and is happy. He will stay. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Hi Liz...I've got to admit I genuinely find you 1p5wich trolls amusing. I do so enjoy the sporting banter that you encourage and yes I wish there were more of you for added effect, but never mind. Yes, I agree its inevitable that a couple of our players will jump ship and offers on one or two others may prove too hard to resist by our fantastic Mr McNally. However, we enter the new season in an enviable position as far as finances are concerned. Our wonderful club doesn't have to sell anyone, and all players are still under contract. Even Wes. Therefore any punters will have to pay through the nose to obtain the likes of Ruddy, Snodgrass et al. I do though note your concerns, but with the Championship consisting of teams mostly made up of PL rejects, donkeys, and pub players I'm certain we'll find ourselves 'up there' come the end of next season.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • I would worry more if we had spiralling debts of circa £80m, a rented ground, a sold training ground, an invisible owner, gates of 17,000, a squad full of freebies and loans and was a bitter old boiler!

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    B Inners

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Snottbag, no-one cares what you think. When the choice is being guaranteed starter or playing 3 league cup matches as back-up, I reckon Ruddy will go for playing. I may be wrong but of all the possible departees, he looks the least like a missionary. OTBC -

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • TrevorKieth......does the sun ever shine? Or are you determined to always live your life under a dark cloud?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • You have to feel a smidgins of sympathy for Paddy Davitt and co. The season has ended, the majority of players and managers are away on holiday, and they still have to fill their pages with something. I guess the next 2 stories will be the Technical Director, and the retained list. In the meantime it's going to be rumours floated by players agents!

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    Algarve Canary

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • I think some of you need a reality check. You're not a big club , you are in the Championship and players will jump ship to further their own careers. They have minimal interest in playing in the Championship with you when they can play for a mid table or lower PL Club. Wake up and smell the coffee you norwich fans!

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    Liz Knott

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • It seems to me that the media see their job as one of upsetting players to encourage them to move on and make their agents richer in the process.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • This is just recycled garbage from the internet, he's already said and reported in this paper, he want's to stay, Norwich don't need to sell him and why would they. Another paper non story to fill up space. Tsk, you couldn't make it up, oh hang on you just did. Stop it, your job is to report news not spread romurs.

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    parkeg1

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Premier League rivals? I thought we got relegated. Well that's cheered me up.

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    E16Canary

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Recycled stories again. All the quotes here were used in the original story the day after Ruddy got left out the World Cup Squad. The only semi new thing is this total none story about AFC being interested. I hate the off season! ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

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