A former Rangers academy player, Ruddy played youth football with Real Murcia and was handed a glorious opportunity to trial at Villarreal.
The Scotland under-21 shot-stopper was left disappointed though as talks over a professional deal stalled due to the Spanish FA tightening regulations surrounding the signing of foreign players under 21 years old.
The new rules came after the Blaugrana were found guilty of breaking FIFA rules ‘prohibiting international transfers of players under the age of 18,’ resulting in a transfer ban in 2015.
“I moved to Spain because my dad wanted to live there,” Ruddy is quoted as saying in the Daily Record. “I trained with local teams and then signed for Real Murcia in the Spanish Championship but there was a ban in Spain on Under-21 foreign players signing unless you have five years’ residency.
“I’d been on trial with Villarreal but I couldn’t join them and it all stemmed from Barcelona signing players illegally. It was disappointing.”
Ruddy has since moved to Wolves from Bury and hopes his manager Paul Lambert can help him fulfil his potential at Molineux.