Dutch giants explain Robbin Ruiter swoop as former Sunderland keeper lands Champions League move
Robbin Ruiter has joined PSV Eindhoven on a two-year deal.
The former Sunderland stopper says it is ‘great’ to have the chance to prove himself at one of the top clubs in the Eredivisie.
The 32-year-old was released by the Black Cats after being second choice to Jon McLaughlin last season.
He did perform well in the early stages of the Checkatrade Trophy, after a challenging first campaign in which he struggled for form alongside Jason Steele and then Lee Camp.
“As a top athlete you always strive for the highest level,” he said.
“I did not hesitate for a moment when PSV came in. I think it's great that I now have the opportunity to show myself at a top club in the Netherlands. At a club like PSV there is a dynamic that you won't find at many other clubs. I am really looking forward to that.”
Ruiter joins with the Dutch side facing a goalkeeper crisis.
Mark van Bommel’s side finished second last season and face FC Basel in a Champions League qualifier next month, but are desperately short of options in goal due to injury.
Director of Football John de Dong said: “We currently have two fit keepers for selection with Jeroen Zoet and Mike van de Meulenhof," says De Jong.
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“Lars Unnerstall and Yanick van Osch are rehabilitating, Hidde Jurjus is leaving today and there is so much interest in Luuk Koopmans that [his] departure is expected.
“That is why we wanted to add an experienced goalkeeper to the group. Robbin is a great keeper, top fit and ready for immediate use. We are happy that he chose PSV. "
Ruiter thanked supporters in may for his two years on Wearside.
Posting on his official Instagram account, Ruiter posted: "After 2 years my time at @sunderlandafcofficial has come to an end.
"It has been a tough time for everyone who loves the club.
“Unfortunately we didn't get the rewards after a long season last sunday at Wembley, but hopefully the team can get promotion next year.
"Thanks to everyone who made me and my family felt home in Sunderland."