David Flitcroft believes that young goalkeeper Jack Ruddy made a solid start to his Bury career even though it ended in defeat.
Bury Manager David Flitcroft was left with a tough decision last Friday as it became apparent that recent signing Paddy Kenny, who was specifically signed for this game - with all other goalkeeping choices being unavailable – would also be unavailable.
The Shakers were without first choice keeper Rob Lainton who is currently out injured, Daniel Bachmann currently on loan from Stoke City is away with the Austrian under-21s national side and young goalkeeper Jack Ruddy was set to join up with the Scottish under-19s squad.
However, with the prospect of no goalkeeper being available for the Gillingham game, Flitcroft made the tough decision of bringing back the under-19s keeper to make his debut at Priestfield Stadium.
Although a great chance for Jack it was a big blow for Paddy Kenny who may not be fully fit until after his short contract at the club runs out.
Speaking to Shakers PlayerHD after the Gillingham match David Flitcroft said: “Paddy has been with us for ten days and trained for seven, and this was the game we got him in for. I like the fact that he was training with the team and we gave him an eight week contract because of that, but during the last few minutes of a training session he’s come out for a corner and torn his calf.
“I’m gutted for Paddy, because not many managers would have given him a chance. We brought him home and I really wanted to work with him because I think it would have been good for the dressing room and good for the squad.
“These things happen and Jack’s had an opportunity and took it.”
David Flitcroft has explained that it was a big day for Jack Ruddy as you never forget your debut, and he did himself proud despite the fact that the team lost.
The Gaffer also believes he more than deserved his chance after all the hard work he puts in during training as well as all the extra work he does for the club.
Talking to Shakers PlayerHD, he explained “It’s a great experience for the kid, you always remember your debut, you always remember your League debut and he’s done it down at Gillingham, yeah we got beat, but there’s a bigger picture. Jack’s got a fantastic career in front of him and fantastic opportunities out there.
“He wasn’t at fault for any of the goals, and I enjoyed watching him grow into the game. Everyone deserves an opportunity somewhere and Jack certainly took his and I’m delighted for him.
“He’s a grafter with goalkeeper coach Ian Willcock he goes to the academies at night, the academies on a Sunday to watch the Youth Team’s and help them out, and he’s got his just reward, because he does work hard.”
Watch the full interview with David Flitcroft after the Gillingham match tomorrow: