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'He is never far from our thoughts' - John Ruddy's message to Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 17/04/2018 12:26:23 Brian Dick
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John Ruddy insists fellow Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has played his part in the club's outstanding season.

While Ruddy has enjoyed an excellent campaign between the sticks en route to promotion Ikeme has been sidelined having been diagnosed with acute leukaemia last summer.

Throughout his recovery Ikeme has never been far from the supporters' thoughts - and Ruddy said the same was true for his team-mates.

"It has been massive part of what we have done," Ruddy told BBC 5Live . "I spoke about the togetherness, Carl has been a massive part of that with being at the club so long.

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"I didn't know him as well as some of the other guys did but having competed against him over the years I know how good a goalkeeper he is.

"When you speak to the lads who know him really well you understand how much of a nice guy he is as well and having met him on a few occasions I can testify to that.

"It's been a massively difficult period for himself and his family but hopefully he is proud of what we have done this season because a lot of that is for him as well.

"Because he is never far from our thoughts and like I said it's that togetherness that he's a massive part of."

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Indeed the theme of togetherness is something that Ruddy feels has been key to this season's success.

While Ruben Neves has been one of the stars of Wolves' show and has boundless potential, the 31-year-old says even the young Portuguese international has bought into the team ethic.

"He could be anything he wanted to be," Ruddy continued. "I think we have seen this season how dominant he has been in games for us in terms of controlling the tempo of games.

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"His composure on the ball for such a young man is exceptional.

"But for me and the rest of the guys it's his mentality off the pitch.

"He is such a humble guy, very down to earth, very level headed - as are every one of the players we have in the dressing room and I think that's really what's helped us this season.

"There are no agendas from a players' point of view. There is a real togetherness, although there are so many personalities and nationalities within the group there is a real togetherness in the squad."

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Benik Afobe and Willy Boly are ready to sign on the dotted line and turn their Wolves loan deals into permanent moves.

Wolves officials want to spend £10m each on the pair as they look to build the team for their return to the Premier League.

The Telegraph reports today that deals are in place to secure the two.

Afobe has scored five goals for Wolves since returning to the club on loan in the January transfer window.

It is his second spell at the club after he left to join Bournemouth in 2016.

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He looks set to be joined by Boly, a player that every Wolves fan will want to see return to the club for the new campaign.

The French defender has been a giant at the heart of the Wolves defence and his loan deal from Porto will be made into a permanent £10m deal.

Speaking about his future, Afobe said: "Obviously I'm contracted to Bournemouth, I've had a great time there and I'm only on loan.

"I've got to show respect to Bournemouth so we'll have to look and see what happens in the summer. It has been great here from day one and to be top of the league and promoted with three games is to go is unreal.

"The manager and staff have been great and it's been an unbelievable experience."

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