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John Ruddy




Date of birth



193 cm





JOHN Ruddy joined City from Everton in a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee in July 2010 and has since gone on to establish himself as the Club's number one.

The St Ives-born 'keeper came through the youth ranks at Cambridge United, where he made 43 appearances in all competitions after making his debut as an 18-year-old in the 1-0 away win over Leyton Orient in May 2004. 

He joined Everton in the summer of 2005 for a fee of £250,000 and benefited from loan spells at Walsall, Rushden & Diamonds, Chester City, Stockport County, Wrexham and Bristol City, making a further 43 appearances. 

His Everton debut came in February 2006, after 'keeper Iain Turner - deputising due to injuries to Richard Wright and Nigel Martyn - was sent off in the ninth minute for handball outside his area against Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park. Ruddy replaced James McFadden and went on to keep a clean sheet as they beat Rovers 1-0. 

The 6ft 4in stopper spent the end of the 2008-09 season on loan at Crewe Alexandra and made 19 appearances in League One. He also had a spell on loan at Scottish Premier League side Motherwell, who finished fifth. He made 37 appearances there, including the goalless draws against both Celtic and Rangers. 

Ruddy missed only one game for the Canaries in their 2010-11 promotion-winning season. 

A sensational first season back in the Premier League with Norwich City in 2011-12 earned Ruddy second place in the Norwich City Player of the Season awards, and a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2012. 

Unfortunately for the City 'keeper, a broken finger in training meant he had to withdraw from the squad before flying out to Poland. 

Ruddy signed a new four-year contract with an option of a further year at Carrow Road in June 2012, but after a solid start to the season, it was brought to a halt by a thigh injury that kept him out for the best part of six months.

He retured to the fray in the penultimate game of the season, keeping a cleansheet as the Canaries' secured a third year of Premier League football with a memorable 4-0 triumph over West Bromwich Albion. 

The Club announced in October 2013 that Ruddy had signed a new deal committing him to Carrow Road until June 2017, with a further year option. 

He was in the only Norwich City player to feature in every Premier League game of the 2013-14 campaign, but despite some impressive performances he couldn't halt the Canaries' poor form in 2014 and the team were eventually relegated to the Championship. 

Ruddy continued as number one in the 2014-15 season, playing every minute of every league match and keeping a cleansheet in the Play-Off Final against Middlesbrough as the Canaries bounced straight back to the top flight. 

Prior to the start of the 2016-17 campaign, Ruddy had clocked up a total of 211 league appearances for the Club.