NEWCASTLE UNITED have signed veteran goalkeeper John Ruddy following the end of his contract at Birmingham City.

The 37-year-old joins the Magpies as a free agent, and follows Odysseas Vlachodmios through the entrance door, with the Greek international goalkeeper having joined from Nottingham Forest yesterday.

Ruddy has signed a one-year contract at St James’ Park to further swell a goalkeeping contingent that also includes Nick Pope, Martin Dubravka and Mark Gillespie. Dubravka, who has entered the final year of his contract, is expected to leave this summer, with Celtic known to be interested.

“This is a massive club and it’s a massive opportunity, so I'm really excited to get started,” said Ruddy. “It was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. It's a huge, huge club which is only going one way and to be a part of that, however big or small, is going to be very pleasing and very exciting.”

Ruddy has made 551 senior appearances across 13 different clubs during his much-travelled career, which has included spells in the Premier League with Everton, Norwich and Wolves.

Last season, the former England international made 44 Championship appearances for Birmingham City, missing just two league games.


“I’m pleased to welcome John to Newcastle United,” said Magpies head coach Eddie Howe. “He has a huge amount of experience and adds a level of support and competition that we need.

“As well as his abilities on the pitch, he has a strong mentality and he is a leader, which will only benefit the group. I’m looking forward to him joining us as we prepare for the season ahead.”