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JOHN RUDDY: THANK YOU AND GOODBYE

7 May 2017

Canaries stopper keeps clean sheet on Carrow Road finale

JOHN Ruddy thanked Norwich City's supporters for their tributes after playing his final match for the Club in a 4-0 Sky Bet Championship win over QPR on Sunday.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper is among seven senior players set to leave the Canaries upon the expiration of their contracts this summer, and captained the team in his farewell appearance.

After fittingly keeping a clean sheet against The Hoops, Ruddy told Norwich City TV: "It was a superb performance from the lads and great to go out in the way that we did.

"It was important to me, and I said to Stuart [Webber] and Alan [Irvine] earlier this week saying goodbye was something I wanted to do. They were more than happy for that to happen, so I'm very grateful.

"I'm also very grateful to Russ [Martin] for allowing me to wear the armband. It was a great gesture from someone who's been here the whole time I have, and been through the ups and downs.

"It was special, because Norwich means a whole lot to me and my family. It's a moment I'll remember for the rest of my life.

"I'm eternally grateful for all the support given to me throughout the years. That's what makes football clubs. It's been an emotional day but one I'm extremely proud of."



A key figure across the past seven years since arriving from Everton in the summer of 2010, the once-capped England international said he will always look back on his time at City with great affection.

"It's been a massive part of my life, not just on the pitch but off it as well with my little girl being born here and my son growing up here," he explained.

"That makes it something which I'll always come back to. It was nice to be told what the situation was when we were, and therefore nice to be able to go out in the manner that I did today.

"I'm immensely proud, and immensely grateful to have had the opportunity. The club took a calculated risk on me when I first joined and the years since have been superb.

"I think it's fair for me to say I've been an integral part of the club's recent history so it's been a special time for me. I'll look forward to the new challenge.

"The opportunity is an exciting one so it's about finding the right move for myself and my family."



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