Scottish U17 keeper John (Jack) Ruddy signs scholarship forms
Ryan Kidd’s Youth Team has doubled the number of international keepers on the books with the capture of Jack Ruddy. Jack has signed scholarship forms with the Shakers in time to start the Football Youth Alliance season with an away trip to Morecambe on Saturday morning.
First year Jack will fight for the starting position in goal with second year scholar Rhys Williams, who also has a number of schoolboy caps for Wales.
The club have fought off competition from a number of clubs for Jack’s signature, ranging from clubs in the Premier League to clubs across all four divisions of the game. After spending two weeks with the Shakers and learning our system, Jack has seen just what is needed and what is in place at the JD Stadium for youngsters looking to make a way into the game.
With a clear pathway developing at the club from academy to youth and onto the first team, jack is eager to get his career in the UK underway in the strongest possible terms.
After spending four years in Spain, the former Rangers academy keeper joined Torre Pacheco but following the families return to the UK has found himself with a plethora of options in terms of clubs wanting to sign him. After a fortnight at the JD Stadium, Jack’s decision became one of when can I sign and not who shall I sign for.
Speaking this afternoon, Youth Team Manager Ryan Kidd said: ‘We are delighted to have Jack on board, and he comes into a very strong goalkeeping department with Rhys Williams also having international honours... Jack spent two weeks with us, so that we can have a look at him and he can look at us and both parties are clearly happy with the progress made.
With the manager we have at the club, Jack can see a progress route to the first team and it’s obviously something that he is keen to do given the time and coaching. We are delighted to have him with us.’
Meanwhile, director of youth Ian Kendall said: ‘I would like to thank all of those who have been responsible for bringing Jack to the club. He is a tremendous young prospect and he has impressed the coaching staff with his ability and enthusiasm for the game. We are equally delighted that the building blocks we have been putting in place to put this club on the map, are being recognised by the football world.’
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