Ross County have announced the signing of released Wolves keeper Jack Ruddy.
A product of the Rangers youth academy, Ruddy moved from Govan to Spain with Real Murcia. In 2016 he signed for Wolves and took in loan spells at Oldham and Championship side Ayr United, before spending last season back in Spain.
He’s now left Molineux though and has penned a short-term deal with the Staggies.
Will he be a good addition for the Global Energy Stadium side?
Ross County recruit Ruddy had shaky Ayr spell
What this does throw up is what the future of loanee Nathan Baxter holds. Stuart Kettlewell recently told the Scottish Sun that he may need to look at other keeper options after the Chelsea stopper picked up a shoulder injury.
This seems to suggest Baxter is out of the picture for the foreseeable future. Whether that means his time in Dingwall is over remains to be seen.
As for Ruddy, is he a good signing? The most games he has played for the one club since 2016 is Ayr, and it wasn’t the best spell.
His handling was questionable and he had a few howlers to boot, one in particular against Alloa.
As the ball trundled towards him, he sliced it, before getting into position and letting a shot slide under him. It was a shaky spell to say the least. He wasn’t terrible every game but Ruddy also didn’t help himself at times with silly errors.
Can he make the step up to Premiership level with County, despite struggling in League One with Ayr at times?
County are taking a bit of a gamble with Ruddy. If the 21-year-old performs well, great. However, there is definitely potential for this move to go south.