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John Ruddy signs for Birmingham City after a five-year spell at Wolves

Wolves

Wolves finished in the middle of the table as they ended their Premier League campaign in 10th place. Bruno Lage would be disappointed with the season overall as it seemed they could qualify for European competitions at one stage.

The Portuguese will look to rebuild the squad at the Molineux for the upcoming season this summer. One of the major problems for the manager is the deadwood in the squad. Wolves will be keen to clear some wages off their wage bill over this transfer window.

The club from West Midlands has already loaned out Fabio Silva and parted ways with John Ruddy. The latter has signed a year-long contract with neighbors Birmingham City. Matija Sarkic who was on loan at Birmingham City last season has returned to Wolves and signed a new three-year contract. It is clear from the renewal that Sarkic will become the new understudy of Jose Sa at Wolves for the upcoming season.

Ruddy has looked at his time at Wolves with fondness

The Englishman after completing his move to Birmingham City said that:

“The success of the first season was massive and then as we went into the Premier League the opportunity, or what I thought would be the opportunity, to play in the Premier League again was appealing.”

“I really enjoyed my time there, I will be honest, we had a great changing room, great group of lads, I really enjoyed working for the staff and then obviously that cycle started to come to an end with Nuno, then Bruno came in and it was sort of a fresh pair of eyes and another opportunity. Again it didn’t quite work out the way I would have wanted it to in terms of game time but with the core group of players we have there we contributed to something really special over those five years. It was a really good club to be at and it was nice to be a small part of that journey.”

John Ruddy has made 72 appearances across all competitions for Wolves in his five-year stay and won the Championship in his very first season. The English keeper also reached FA Cup Semi-Final and UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final with Wolves in his spell. The former Wolves man has had a good spell with the wanderers, however, the experienced Englishman would be eager to shift his focus towards promotion with Birmingham City as the club tries to regain Premier League status.

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