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Woods' Best Wishes For Ruddy

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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Goalkeeping coach Chris Woods says John Ruddy heads to Norwich with Everton's best wishes.

Woods, who played for the Canaries himself in the 1980s, has worked closely with the departing keeper for the last five years.

"It's a great move for John," he told evertontv during the Club's tour of Australia.

"I will speak to him as soon as we get back. It is a great Club - obviously I spent five years there so I hope he does really well for them."

Ruddy's departure has been offset by the arrival of Slovakia goalkeeper Jan Mucha, who will link up with the Blues later this summer after his World Cup exploits.

Woods is looking forward to working with the new arrival, having monitored the ex-Legia Warsaw man in the World Cup.

Mucha will contend with regular number one Tim Howard to be first choice.

Woods continued: "I watched all the Slovakia games and all the USA games. He will push Tim - that's why we are bringing him in. We need someone in who can keep Tim on his toes."

Currently vying for a start against Sydney FC on Saturday are Carlo Nash and Iain Turner.

Woods isn't going easy on the pair though!

He said: "Not at all! It is hard graft pre-season for the goalkeepers. They know it and it has been good. It's probably woken them up a little bit after the long flight and hopefully it will help them sleep."

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