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This weeks items…
One of the best goalkeepers to grace Fir Park in many years, Ruddy was a product of the Cambridge United youth system, becoming the U’s number one in the 2004/05 season at the age of 18. Everton soon snapped him up, although the young keeper found first-team appearances limited, instead enjoying a number of loan spells elsewhere. Over a four year period at Goodison, there would be appearances at Wallsall, Rushden & Diamonds, Chester City, Stockport County, Wrexham, Bristol City, and Crewe Alexandra, before the big keeper would turn up at Motherwell for the 2009/10 season. A fantastic year at the Steelmen marked him out as a truly capable goalkeeper, with 15 clean sheets from 34 appearances and a number of highlights between the sticks, perhaps no more impressive than a memorable triple save at Tannadice. As much as ‘Well fans would have loved to have seen him sign for the club permanently, his form had predictably attracted the interest of bigger suitors, and it would be Norwich City who would successfully pry Ruddy away from Everton for around £250,000. Seven years at the Canaries would see Ruddy become an established Premiership goalkeeper and England international, achievements no doubt aided by his fantastic development during his one season in claret and amber. In the summer of 2017, Ruddy left Norwich for his current club, Wolves.
Paul Slane is a name that Motherwell fans, and perhaps Scottish football fans in general, should probably have heard a lot more of, in terms of his on-field contributions at least. A product of the Fir Park Youth Academy, Slane was highly rated by those behind the scenes at Motherwell and began to find himself in and around the first-team squad in his late-teens. He would make his debut from the bench against Hamilton Accies in May 2009, before impressing with a goal against Flamurtari in the Europa League a few weeks later. With his emergence from the youth ranks, it seemed he would go from strength to strength in the coming season. Sadly, it was not to be. Slane chose to reject a Fir Park contract offer and, instead, opted to leave the club for Celtic Park, a decision widely criticised by John Boyle and the Motherwell support. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Slane found first-team football at Parkhead almost non-existent, popping up with brief loan spells at MK Dons and Partick Thistle. Slane left Celtic Park in 2013 and would soon hit the tabloid headlines for all the wrong reasons after a number of compromising photos emerged on social media following a trip to Amsterdam. The young forward would spend around a year out of football, perhaps as a result of the bad publicity, before signing for Ayr United in September 2014, being released just five months later. More recently, the player has played for Clyde as he continues to try and forge a career that once promised so much.
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