FORMER Motherwell loan goalkeeper John Ruddy has been awarded this season’s English Championship Golden Glove trophy.
The Wolves No.1 has recorded 24 shut-outs during the Midlands club’s return to the Premier League.
Ruddy has conceded only 39 goals in 46 league games on the Molineux side’s way to the title.
The 31-year-old shotstopper’s nearest rivals were Aston Villa’s Sam Johnstone, Derby County’s Scott Carson and Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge.
Nine years ago, Ruddy agreed a season-loan deal from Everton to move to Fir Park and thanked the Lanarkshire outfit for rescuing his career.
He said: “I have a lot of affection for Motherwell. When I moved there, I was at a stage where I was really in no-man’s land and just drifting along.
“My time there was absolutely invaluable to me. I’ve said to many people if you want to go and play games and get a big stage to play on to go to Scotland.
“You get to play top-class football and perform for fantastic clubs up there. The fans are great, too.
“It was a brilliant experience for me and I look back at my time at the club with great pride.”
Ruddy returned to Goodison at the end of season 2009/10 before signing a permanent deal with Norwich City.
He left Carrow Road last summer to make the switch to Wolves.
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