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Wolves sign Scottish goalkeeper Jack Ruddy from Bury

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Wolves have confirmed the signing of highly-rated teenage goalkeeper Jack Ruddy from Bury.

The Scottish youth international has signed a two-year contract at Molineux with Wolves having the option of an extra year.

Ruddy, aged 18, made his debut for Bury last year and will go into Wolves' under-23 squad.

He had been on trial at Compton Park and goalkeeping coach Pat Mountain said Wolves liked what they saw.

"We are pleased that Jack is joining the goalkeeping ranks here at Wolves and he will go in to provide some good competition in the under-23 squad," Mountain added.

"He has been second/third choice for Bury at times but hasn't been getting any game time and felt it was right to try and get out and look for a new challenge.

"We are grateful to Bury for allowing him to come here on trial where we liked what we saw.

"He is a very good young goalkeeper already with the potential to get a lot better and has a great attitude."

It's believed Wolves have spent a five-figure sum with potential add-ons to follow.

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Ruddy has had a varied career already, starting at Rangers and then signing for Spanish side Real Murcia after his parents moved to Spain.

The young Scot said he was 'over the moon' to join a club with such lofty ambitions.

He added: "I have really enjoyed my time at Bury and want to thank everyone there for what they have done for me but the interest from Wolves was always going to be very exciting.

"Coming here on trial was a great opportunity for me and something I wanted to enjoy and just make sure I did my best.

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"This is a club which has brought through goalkeepers like Matt Murray, Wayne Hennessey and Carl Ikeme, and that is a big thing to see that pathway for a young keeper coming through.

"And to have a manager here who was a very good goalkeeper himself is good as well!

"For me now, the short-term aim is to get settled in and try and get as many games as I can for the under-23s, and be number one in Scotland for my age group.

"In the long term, like any player, the main aim in the years to come is to be in the first team.

"I was at Rangers as a youngster before my family moved out to Spain and then back here to Bury.

"I was a scholar for two years before getting a professional contract and now this move has come up.

"So settling in at a new place is not really something that bothers me – I've got used to it and I know it is part of wanting to be a footballer.

"Now it is all about following the dream of trying to play in the Wolves first team one day - that is what I am working towards."

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