EVERTON goalkeeper John Ruddy, who yesterday joined struggling Wrexham on a month-long loan spell, is hoping for an early chance to win over Dragons fans.
The 20-year-old Cambridgeshire-born player was on loan at Stockport earlier in the season and played his part in a 5-2 victory at Edgeley Park, that included some lively interchanges with the visiting supporters.
“That crossed my mind when I was offered the opportunity to come here,” said Ruddy. “But that’s the sort of passion and pride I always have in my performance and that’s what I’ll bring to Wrexham to try and get us out of the situation the club is in at the moment.
“I’ve been keen to get out on loan again but I had to wait until our No 2, Iain Turner, was fit and this is a move that suits me, because there are a lot of games coming up.
“The Premiership clubs only have 18 reserve games a season and I played 12 times at Stockport, which is a big difference.
“You can train as much as you like, but there is no substitute for competitive games and I’m looking forward to my stay at Wrexham.”
Ruddy, who is 6ft 4in tall, will continue to train with Everton goalkeeping coach Chris Woods on Mondays and Tuesdays before joining up with his new team-mates in the latter parts of the week.