as reported by the birmingham mail,

John Ruddy insists fellow Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has played his part in the club’s outstanding season.

While Ruddy has enjoyed an excellent campaign between the sticks en route to promotion Ikeme has been sidelined having been diagnosed with acute leukaemia last summer.

Throughout his recovery Ikeme has never been far from the supporters’ thoughts – and Ruddy said the same was true for his team-mates.

“It has been massive part of what we have done,” Ruddy told BBC 5Live . “I spoke about the togetherness, Carl has been a massive part of that with being at the club so long.

“I didn’t know him as well as some of the other guys did but having competed against him over the years I know how good a goalkeeper he is.

“When you speak to the lads who know him really well you understand how much of a nice guy he is as well and having met him on a few occasions I can testify to that.

“It’s been a massively difficult period for himself and his family but hopefully he is proud of what we have done this season because a lot of that is for him as well.

“Because he is never far from our thoughts and like I said it’s that togetherness that he’s a massive part of.”

Indeed the theme of togetherness is something that Ruddy feels has been key to this season’s success.

While Ruben Neves has been one of the stars of Wolves’ show and has boundless potential, the 31-year-old says even the young Portuguese international has bought into the team ethic.

“He could be anything he wanted to be,” Ruddy continued. “I think we have seen this season how dominant he has been in games for us in terms of controlling the tempo of games.

“His composure on the ball for such a young man is exceptional.

“But for me and the rest of the guys it’s his mentality off the pitch.

“He is such a humble guy, very down to earth, very level headed – as are every one of the players we have in the dressing room and I think that’s really what’s helped us this season.

“There are no agendas from a players’ point of view. There is a real togetherness, although there are so many personalities and nationalities

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