Former FC Utrecht goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter has penned a two-year deal with Sunderland following a successful trial period, joining recent recruit Jason Steele as one of the two main competitors for the Sunderland goalkeeper’s jersey ahead of the new season.
The Dutch stopper began his career with FC Volendam, who play in the Dutch second division. He then earned a move to FC Utrecht in 2012 after his contract had expired, and during his 5 year spell with the Eredivisie side Ruiter built up a reputation as an excellent shot stopper, helping his side to become a force in the dutch top-flight.
Last season the Dutchman was halted by a collarbone injury, limiting his playing time, but over the past 5 seasons he has played 157 games - including competitive football in the Europa League.
Following Saturday’s defeat to Celtic, Sunderland manager Simon Grayson confirmed to the press that he had offered Ruiter a contract to extend his stay on Wearside permanently - welcome news following on from Jason Steele’s horror show on his debut for the club.
Rumours surfaced days ago that Burnley were also interested in securing Ruiter’s services but Sunderland remained better positioned to sign the Dutchman, with Tom Heaton firmly the number one at Turf Moor.
The importance of having a goalie of Ruiter’s clear standards ahead of what will be a grueling season is obvious, and the fact that this deal will cost us nothing in transfer fees makes it all the more sweeter.
The length of the contract - a two year deal - represents a low risk for the club.
It should be interesting to see whether Simon Grayson sticks by the hapless Jason Steele or throws Ruiter straight in at the deep end as the season progresses.
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