Ruddy relishing top-flight challenge

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May 29, 2015 11:15:03 UK

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy is convinced that the Canaries will not become embroiled in a relegation battle next season.

Alex Neil’s side beat Middlesbrough 2-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Monday to confirm their place in the 2015/16 Premier League, just 12 months after they had been relegated.

England international Ruddy played every minute of Norwich’s promotion-winning campaign and sees no reason why they should not maintain the momentum they have built up since former Hamilton boss Neil’s arrival at Carrow Road in January.

It’s about adding the right bodies.

John Ruddy

“We’re looking forward to building on this victory and making sure that we maintain our Premier League status,” said Ruddy. “When you step up to the Premier League, you’re probably almost always looking at adding a few bodies.

“I think that’s something we’ll look at, but at the same time the squad we’ve got here is very good. We saw that at Wembley, so it’s about adding the right bodies.

“We did that this year, and it’s all about progressing so we’ll do it again next year. We’ve got a fantastic young manager who will lead us along the way. Hopefully we’ll stay in the Premier League, that’s what it’s all about.”

Meanwhile, Norwich have confirmed that Javier Garrido, Carlos Cuellar and Mark Bunn have all been released and Luciano Becchio has had his contract ended by mutual consent.

Norwich are 2.10 to be relegated next season and 2.50 to be the top newcomer.

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