John Ruddy ready for Wolves fight


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Goalkeeper John Ruddy says he will do everything he can to retain his number one jersey for Wolverhampton Wanderers ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

England international Ruddy was a rock in between the sticks for Wolves last season as they stormed to the Championship title, keeping 24 clean sheets to top the goalkeeping charts.

The 31-year-old was expected to be number one for the upcoming campaign although there are now huge doubts over this after Portugal stopper Patricio was brought in this summer.

Both keepers are vastly experienced but the new arrival has done his chances of becoming the first choice straight away after making some good saves for his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Ruddy is not feeling under any pressure ahead of the new season and he believes the extra competition for places can only help the side throughout the campaign.

He told the Express & Star: “It is what it is. There’s going to be additions in other positions.

Just because they’ve brought a goalkeeper in doesn’t mean it’s the end of me.

I’ve come to this club with an ambition to get promoted last season and my ambition was to play in the Premier League.

“We’re very close to that. As long as the other goalkeeper’s coming in with the same desire and attitude that I’ve got then it can only be good for the club.”

Wolves, who are 7.50 to be relegated, kick off their Premier League season with a home clash against Everton on August 11 and the hosts are 2.38 favourites to win, a draw is priced at 3.30 whilst the Toffees are a 3.00 chance.

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