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Wolves players react as John Ruddy confirms he's leaving the club

John Ruddy has confirmed he is leaving Wolves this summer.

The veteran goalkeeper’s contract expires soon, and it seems he will not be extending his stay at Molineux.

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It had been thought that Wolves had wanted to keep Ruddy. Manager Bruno Lage had said last Friday that he wanted to keep him.

Ruddy himself was also open to staying.

The decision was in the club’s hands, but evidently no agreement could be reached. And Sunday’s final game of the season with Liverpool was his final appearance in Wolves colours. He replaced the injured Jose Sa at half-time at Anfield.

It had been another season of largely supporting from the sidelines for Ruddy.

He only made six appearances for the first-team across all competitions, with Sa establishing himself as the undisputed number one.

Before the arrival of Sa, Ruddy played second fiddle to Rui Patricio for three seasons and so, opportunities have been relatively scarce.

He did play a very important role in getting Wolves back up to the Premier League though, and fans will always be grateful for his contributions.

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Announcing his leaving decision last night, Ruddy said: “So yesterday seems as though it will be my last appearance for @wolves. Thank you to the fans for your support through the highs and lows.

Thank you to the back room staff for all of your support and more importantly your friendships over the last 5 years. A huge thank you to every player that I was lucky enough to play and train alongside.

“I believe that a successful team is driven by the culture of it’s players, the culture we created over these years has enabled us to take this club to places no one thought possible. A changing room full of top players and men did that so I thank you for allowing me to share that journey.

“Most important of all thank you to my family, the sacrifice we have made over these 5 years has been difficult but would not be possible without your love and support, here’s to the next challenge. #wolfpack”

Some of Ruddy’s current teammates have commented on his post about him leaving.

Conor Coady said: “Absolute legend and mountain of a man, some incredible moments shared mate with your lovely family! Thank you for everything you have done for us.”

Sa added: “My big John was a pleasure work with you, what a guy thanks for everything”

Romain Saiss said: “Stiffman. I will miss you my friend…It was a pleasure to share 5 years with a man like you and great GK.”

Fernando Marcal said: “I have no words to describe the man and player you are. I wish the best in the world for you my friend. Good luck for the future.”

And Morgan Gibbs-White added: “I might cry.”