Date: 19th July 2017 at 5:12pm
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John Ruddy has achieved promotion to the Premier League with Norwich previously so the new Wolves goalkeeper knows what it takes to get out of the Championship.

Wolves have a tough start to the new season but Ruddy’s told the Official Website a good start would act as a catalyst to kick on and remain in the top six.

‘A good start is imperative and every club will be looking for that. We’ve got a tough run at the start but if we come through those in good shape we give ourselves an opportunity to stay with the pack. Huddersfield showed it last year, I don’t think they left the top six last season.’

That along with momentum, which can be built up through consistency.

‘It’s the momentum factor, playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday and picking up as many points as you can. It sounds very simple but you have to do that – and recover in the right way to make sure you go again because the games are tough on the bodies. That’s where you need consistency, the squad depth and the understanding of responsibilities out on the pitch which are massively important.’

A well warn phrase, a cliché if you will that all roll out, but the Championship is unpredictable and one of the hardest to get out of, but Wolves have experienced this a few times now.

However, if you can achieve that and gain Premier League football it’s ‘rewarding.’

Ruddy said: ‘You can’t predict the league and we had the same conversations with Norwich last year. The league gets tougher and tougher. If you get out of it it’s a very rewarding feeling. With a good start and consistency with the group we’ll be fine.’

The former England keeper will compete with Harry Burgoyne and fellow new arrival from Cambridge, another club Ruddy has previous with, Will Norris. Another J Ruddy is also in the mix, young shot-stopper Jack adds further strength in depth.

He would have come to Molineux to act as the number one but Ruddy went on to say there’s a lot of talent among the keeping ranks so all will push each other, which will be used as motivation.

‘It’s a good group of keepers, we’re working hard. And him and Harry are very talented. Harry made his breakthrough last year under Paul, so he’ll be determined to set his stall out as well.’

Adding: ‘I’ve had it before at Norwich, we had a couple of really good young keepers coming through and pushing me all the way. It makes you realise you can’t rest on your laurels. That keeps me going – and focused.’