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Norwich City top 100 appearances – John Ruddy (43): Plenty of highlights during outgoing keeper’s seven-season Canaries career

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:25 06 June 2017

John Ruddy celebrates City's second goal in the play-off final at Wembley in 2015. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

John Ruddy celebrates City's second goal in the play-off final at Wembley in 2015. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy celebrates victory after the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 17, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Norwich. Photo credit should read: Jon Buckle/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos. Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy celebrates victory after the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 17, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Norwich. Photo credit should read: Jon Buckle/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Fond farewells and happy memories brought down the curtain on an esteemed career for goalkeeper John Ruddy at the end of last season.

From the highs of two Premier League promotions and England call-ups following consistent top-flight performances, to the lows of two relegations to the Championship, Ruddy saw it all in Canaries colours – even bright pink during one season.

However, he is being allowed to leave this summer as City can no longer afford his wages. The 30-year-old may have had a mixed final two seasons but it was not his ability which has led to the decision not to trigger the one-year option in his contract.

More: John Ruddy being considered by Premier League sides West Ham and Brighton

England's (left to right) goal keeping coach David Watson, Jack Butland and John Ruddy during the training session at London Colney Training Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 13, 2012. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information. England's (left to right) goal keeping coach David Watson, Jack Butland and John Ruddy during the training session at London Colney Training Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 13, 2012. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.

Ruddy was signed for around £500,000 from Everton in the summer of 2010, as City boss Paul Lambert looked for a replacement for loan success Fraser Forster during the League One title winning campaign.

The Cambridgeshire-raised keeper had been out on loan to nine different clubs during his five years with the Toffees but quickly established himself as a Championship number one at Carrow Road.

His arrival contributed to a fantastic season – including two famous thrashings of Ipswich – as he missed just one league game during a campaign which finished with automatic promotion.

That consistent form continued as City finished 12th in their first season back in the top flight and earned the big keeper his first England call-up ahead of Euro 2012. However, disaster struck when Ruddy broke his finger and ruled him out of the tournament.

His debut did follow in August 2012, as a half-time substitute in a friendly against Italy, coming on and making some good saves to keep a clean sheet in a 2-1 win over Italy in Switzerland.

More: John Ruddy admits the ‘writing was on the wall’ for him at Norwich City

He missed five months of 2012-13 with a thigh injury as Chris Hughton’s first season finished in 11th place in the Premier League but couldn’t prevent relegation in 2014.

Played a key part in promotion via the play-offs in 2015 but lost his place to Declan Rudd for two months as top-flight relegation followed the next season and – along with new arrival Michael McGovern – was stuck behind a chaotic defence in what proved to be his final season.

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