Express & Star

Fosun want to build "something really special" at Wolves believes John Ruddy

Keeper John Ruddy says it's clear Fosun are looking to build "something really special" at Wolves.


The players and staff fly home to England tomorrow at the end of an historic week for the club out in China.

Ruddy's first trip to the Far East country has been an enjoyable one – and he believes it has showcased the grand plans Fosun have for Wolves.

"It's my first time out here and it's been a great experience," he told the Express & Star.

"It's great to see what the club are trying to build off the pitch.

"We obviously know what they're trying to do on the pitch, but to see the work that goes on behind the scenes, especially over here, it's great and building that Wolves brand is key to that. It's impressive.

"The owners are a big deal over here. And Wolves is a big deal for them – the indication is that they really want to kick on a build something really special.

"We've felt that for the past couple of years and it's nice to see that coming to fruition."

One of the many off-field events this week was a high-end Wolves fashion show, held at a glamorous rooftop location overlooking the stunning Shanghai skyline.

"I'm 32 now, I've seen many things but nothing like that!" Ruddy said.

"I've not ordered any of the gear, I've contacted the club shop. I think Adama Traore rocks most of that – they were designed from his clothes.

"But yes, seeing the furore, the fashion show, it's huge.

"When I joined two years ago it was clear the owners had big ambitions. We've matched and surpassed them in the past couple of years.

"The owners are backing us and the manager is keen to get that ambition matched."

Wolves kick off their Europa League campaign against Crusaders next Thursday.

Ruddy was restricted to FA and Carabao Cup appearances – and one outing in the league – last season.

He gave no indication as to whether he expected to feature in the European games.

"The situation is the same as it was last year," he said. "I come in, I train, I do my work and push on as much as I can.

"Myself, Rui (Patricio) and Will (Norris) push each other every day.

"We've got three hungry keepers who want to play. Rui's got the shirt and it's up to me and Will to keep pushing him.

"Europe is a great opportunity for the club. We thoroughly deserve being in the competition after what we did last season."