Ruddy may consider Fir Park stay

18 February 2010 11:36
John Ruddy admits he would seriously consider any offer that comes his way from Motherwell when his loan spell finishes at the end of the season.The Everton goalkeeper has been outstanding since joining in the summer, and Fir Park boss Craig Brown wants to keep him in the long term. [LNB]Brown said: "We'll ask Davie Moyes if we can extend the loan or if he could be bought at a reasonable price. [LNB]"He's a very good goalkeeper - outwith the budget of Motherwell, I'd guess." [LNB]And the manager of the Steelmen added: "But we want John Ruddy, the fans want John Ruddy and funnily enough I suspect he would be very happy to stay." [LNB]The player himself admits, should the situation arise, it will not only be football that will make up his mind whether to continue at the Lanarkshire club - the Ruddy family is based in Cambridge. [LNB]"I'd consider it, without a doubt," Ruddy confirmed. [LNB]"I've always said my first option is to go back down to England, for my family's sake as well. [LNB]"Being three hours away from my family when in Liverpool is quite tough. Being here in Scotland I'm six hours away, which is even tougher. [LNB]"If Motherwell made me an offer, I'd give it serious thought because I've enjoyed my time so much up here." [LNB]Ruddy is aware, although he has not been told, should he return to Everton in the summer his chances of making in-roads to the first team seem limited. [LNB]The English Premier League club have already signed Polish goalkeeper Jan Mucha on a pre-contract and he will join from Legia Warsaw in the summer. [LNB]"I don't know what's going to happen with Everton. They've signed a new keeper who comes in the summer," said the 23-year-old goalie. [LNB]"So they are going to have two keepers who are going to be at the World Cup. [LNB]"So where that puts me and the rest of the keepers at Everton - I haven't a clue. [LNB]"It was disappointing for myself to see they'd signed someone because I thought I was doing well." [LNB]Ruddy has revelled in Scottish football since former manager Jim Gannon brought him to Motherwell. [LNB]He has kept 12 clean sheets and under the reign of Brown has lost only one goal in the past 11 hours and 19 minutes of league football. [LNB]"The key has been a consistent team selection," he claimed. [LNB]"We've had the same back four in place in every game and we've kept six clean sheets in seven games - that's more than coincidence. [LNB]"The lads have just got back to enjoying playing. They enjoy playing for Craig and Archie Knox and I think that shows on the pitch now. [LNB]"Jim had his ways, but I'm not going to bad-mouth him because without him I wouldn't be here. I owe him for that." [LNB]Ruddy began his career at Cambridge United before moving to Everton in 2005. However, the Goodison Park club have sent him out on loan to eight clubs in a three-year spell. [LNB]"This is my first full season since I was at Cambridge five years ago, which is quite frightening!" Ruddy joked. [LNB]"I've always said I'm never happy just sitting there picking up a wage. I always want to go and earn it. [LNB]"The numerous loan spells were purely because I wanted to go and play and those were the opportunities that arose at the time. [LNB]"In hindsight, a couple of them I shouldn't have done, but you learn from that. [LNB]"Motherwell, though, has paid off."

Source: BBC_Sport