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John Ruddy

Number 1

D.O.B.

24th October 1986

Birthplace

St Ives

Height

6ft 4ins (193cms)

Position

Goalkeeper

Signed

July 2010

Fee

Undisclosed

Former Clubs

Cambridge United, Everton, Walsall (loan), Rushden & Diamonds (loan), Chester City (loan), Stockport County (loan), Wrexham (loan), Bristol City (loan), Stockport County (loan), Crewe Alexandra (loan)

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John Ruddy began his career at Cambridge United, and made his senior debut on the last day of the 2003/04 season against Leyton Orient.

His debut was a memorable one as he kept a clean sheet and saved a penalty, and after having a trial with Manchester United in November 2004 signed for Everton in the summer of 2005 for a reported fee of 250,000 after making 43 appearances for the U's.

In September he was sent on loan to Walsall where he made four appearances, and also had temporary spells with Rushden & Diamonds and Chester City before the end of the season.

His one and only appearance for the Toffees came in February 2006 after regular second choice Iain Turner was red carded against Blackburn. Everton went on to win the game 1-0.

His next time away on loan was three months at Stockport, followed up by a month with Wrexham in February 2007.

A week with Bristol City followed in April, another period with Stockport in 2008 and in January 2009 was sent to Crewe until the end of the season.

In July 2009 SPL side Motherwell signed Ruddy on a six-month loan that was eventually extended until the end of the season.

Ruddy made 34 appearances for the Firs, who made it clear that they would be keen to sign the stopper permanently if a deal could could be agreed with Everton.

In July 2010 it was announced that Norwich City would become Ruddy's eleventh club when the two sides agreed an undisclosed fee.

He made 46 league and cup appearances for the Canaries in 2010/11 as the Canaries booked their place back in the Premier League.

Ruddy has continued to improve his all round game and was brought into the England set up in Roy Hodgson's first squad. He stayed in Hodgson's thoughts despite a serious injury that saw him miss over half of the 12/13 season before returning to the national squad. Rather surprisingly JR was not picked for the 2014 World Cup squad and vowed to return in an open letter to Hodgson in the media. At the start of 2014, he signed a new contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2018, saying he "owed City everything."

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