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John Ruddy relishing Norwich City return

Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper John Ruddy says that he is looking forward to returning to former side Norwich City for the first time.

Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper John Ruddy has admitted that he is looking forward to returning to Norwich City for the first time tonight but has vowed to be ruthless in his pursuit of three more points for his new side.

The 31-year-old departed Carrow Road this summer after a stint that saw him make 235 league appearances for the side in the Premier League and Championship over the space of seven years.

Ruddy then went on to join Wolves as their new first-choice stopper and has been an ever-present for the Midlands outfit in the league, helping them up to second in the table ahead of their trip to the Canaries this evening.

"It's another game," Ruddy told the Express & Star. "It'll be nice to go back and see some familiar faces but I'm a Wolves player and I want three points, it's as simple as that.

"Norwich is a big club and a special club to me, it gave me massive opportunities. I had a great time there and hold a lot of affection for the city, my family still live there, I love the area and the club was great for me as I was for the club.

"Three points are on offer and that's what we want. I hope to get a good reception, it gave me massive opportunities and the chance to play in the Premier League, obviously I represented England while I was there. Likewise I thought I repaid the club's faith enough for the fans to hopefully give me a good reception.

"In terms of quality of players this squad is probably the best I've played with. And that's no disrespect to previous squads at Norwich. I think just with the quality of player we've got here it's exceptional for this league."

Nuno Espirito Santo's side could return to the summit if they defeat eighth-placed Norwich, who were unbeaten in eight league games prior to a 2-1 home loss to Derby County last weekend.


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