Norwich City ace John Ruddy ready to bide his time
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John Ruddy admits he can't complain about playing second fiddle to Michael McGovern this season – but is fit and raring to go when called upon.
The City stopper hasn't figured in the league since the club's first home game of the season - a 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday - a match that injury cut short for Ruddy.
He has since been unable to claim his place back as summer arrival McGovern has thrived in his absence. Ruddy admits it has been a frustrating time for him on the bench but admits McGovern has deserved to keep his place.
'If I'm honest, it doesn't feel like I've had a season,' said Ruddy, who did play in Norwich's EFL Cup win at Everton last month. 'Getting injured in only the second game was incredibly frustrating, as it's hard not being involved.
'I was really happy with the Everton game, but Michael has been playing well too, five wins out of six speaks for itself.
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'However, I'm feeling sharp, feeling strong and just want to get back playing as much as I can.
'It is always frustrating watching from the bench - every footballer wants to be starting games and I'm no different. However, I am ready for the next game I am called on for.
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'Whether that will be in the league or in the cup I don't know, but I'm looking forward to showing people what I can do, and continue what I've done for the club in the past.'
Spending time on the bench has been something of a rarity for Ruddy, since arriving from Goodison Park in 2010 - he's made 217 appearances for the club.
And while injury kept him out for a lengthy period in the 2012-13, a short spell behind Declan Rudd last season had previously been the only time he has found himself second choice.
However, the presence of top competition is nothing new in Ruddy's eyes.
'We've always had top quality goalkeepers in my time at the club,' said Ruddy. 'Declan is one, but we've also had people like Lee Camp and Bunny (Mark Bunn) among others, so this situation is no different.
'I just have to stay sharp, stay on top of my game, and when the opportunity comes, grab it with both hands.'