Audio: John Ruddy hails the man who pipped him to Norwich City honours

John Ruddy had no issue with missing out to Grant Holt in the season's supporters award – or for just being pipped by Swansea in the final Premier League table.

The City goalkeeper finished second to skipper Holt in the player of the season voting, but impressed again as he took a third clean sheet of the campaign in the win over Aston Villa.

The three points were not quite enough to see City finish as the highest newly promoted side – a late winner over Liverpool took that for Brendan Rodgers' Swans.

But there was still more than enough to celebrate for Ruddy, who has a summer wedding to look forward to and – if watching England keeping coach Ray Clemence was suitably impressed on Sunday – possibly a trip to the European Championships.

'In the two years I've been here he has been exceptional and he's more than just a goalscorer and a presence on the pitch – off the pitch he's a fantastic guy as well,' said Ruddy.


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'He is a real top bloke and a really good captain, and he makes sure he's always looking after the lads in the changing room. He's a great family man as well; he's got three lovely little girls and a very nice wife.

'So he's got everything going for him and I think that's reflected in the way he has played for Norwich City since he's been here.'

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As for Sunday's season finale, Ruddy was happy to declare it mission accomplished.

'It was in danger of maybe fizzling out as an end of season game but we started really well, we made sure we wanted to finish the season on a high and I think that's what we done,' said Ruddy. 'They have got some very good players and for whatever reason it hasn't worked for them this year, but I'm sure they will come back next year and be even better.

'It's been a fantastic season for us. Swansea and us 11th and 12th respectively. On goal difference they have pipped us, but I think if you'd have said they would finish 11, Norwich 12 and then QPR 17th, I don't think anyone would've believed you – you would have got good odds on it, anyway.

'So it's been a fantastic season. We've totalled 47 points and that's a great season in itself, and hopefully we can take that same form, certainly from today's game, and take that into next season and start well as well.'

It was not especially fitting that City finished the campaign with a clean sheet – they have been few and far between this season.

But while Ruddy would have loved more shut-outs, he was not about to get too disheartened.

'I would have liked more clean sheets – that goes without saying – but at the same time I've said all the long it doesn't matter how many clean sheets I get as long as we're picking up points,' added the City stopper.

'We have got 47 points so if you'd have said to me we would get that and three clean sheets, I'd have taken that easily – and then 12th in the league.

'We've had a great season and I've enjoyed playing in the best league in the world – and I look forward to doing it again next year.'

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