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Declan Rudd ‘over the moon’ to sign new Norwich City contract

PUBLISHED: 17:35 12 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:35 12 August 2014

Declan Rudd training during Norwich City's pre-season camp in Italy. 
Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Declan Rudd training during Norwich City's pre-season camp in Italy. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd has said he is ‘over the moon’ after signing a new three-year contract with the Canaries.

The Diss-born academy graduate has signed his new deal, which has an option for a further year, following a successful season on loan in League One with Preston North End.

The 23-year-old kept 20 clean sheets during 55 games with Preston, experiencing defeat in the semi-finals of the League One play-offs.

“To be here is what I’ve always wanted. I started watching Norwich when I was about six and I joined the academy a couple of years later,” Rudd told City’s website.

“For the club to sign me on a longer-term deal is brilliant for myself so I’m over the moon and really looking forward to the season.

“I’m just going to keep working hard, put everything into training then if I get an opportunity, take it.”

Rudd, who was a regular for England at under-19 level and was capped once at under-21 level, now looks set to be John Ruddy’s regular understudy this season.

He will compete with Mark Bunn for a place in the team if Ruddy is unavailable, with 20-year-old Remi Matthews also providing cover after signing a two-year professional contract earlier this summer.

Former Northampton and Blackburn stopper Bunn is out of contract at Carrow Road next summer.

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