Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd set for play-off push with Preston North End

Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd in action for Preston North End. Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd in action for Preston North End.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
6:30 AM

Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd will be in the spotlight today as Preston North End begin their push for promotion back to the Championship through the League One play-offs.

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Rudd has been ever-present for North End this season, keeping 16 clean sheets in 46 league games as he continues his education away from Carrow Road.

After playing seven times to help City to the League One title in the 2009/10 season, Rudd was restricted to rare opportunities to impress as the Canaries rose to the Premier League.

He enjoyed a good loan spell with Preston in the second half of last season and then returned to Deepdale on a season-long loan.

With City number one John Ruddy likely to be linked with moves away from Carrow Road this summer following City’s relegation to the Championship, Diss-born Rudd could well get the chance to prove his ability with the Canaries next season.

If the 23-year-old can help Preston to promotion first, then his Championship prospects would be strengthened even further.

North End, who have now spent three seasons in League One, host Rotherham at Deepdale in the first leg of their play-off semi-final in a 5.15pm kick-off today.

The Lancashire club have never been promoted through the play-offs before, despite eight attempts, so manager Simon Grayson is remaining cautious.

“We won’t go out and play kamikaze football,” Grayson said. “We’ll give it a good go to try and win the game, but we certainly won’t be playing suicidal football and trying to get it all done in the first leg.

“Rotherham are too good a team to try and do that against anyway. They’ve got a lot of threats, a lot of pace, and in there for a reason.”

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15 comments

  • Chapter2. Sadly, `Joe Public` prefers to live his life vicariously through a bunch of preening, overpaid Prima Donnas. Clad in his XXXXL Wolfswinkel replica shirt, and replete on a goodly ingestion of junk food and lager, he`d rather turn up and watch this stuff than actually play the game himself. Grassroots football is dying.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Tried to reply, stormy. Agree with you, except to say that Championship salaries are not so bad when you compare them with the earnings of `Joe Public`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • They didn`t even earn Championship salaries, stormy. Though those are still stellar in comparison with the incomes `ordinary folk` live on. Sometimes, I wish professional football would disappear, and we could watch grassroots players who play because they actually enjoy it. Reports suggest that the grassroots are withering. People, of an age that used to play football, now drape themselves in XXXXL Team-Replica belltents and live on a diet of junk food and lager, whilst living their bulbous lives vicariously through a bunch of posing, over-paid Prima Donnas. This is life Captain, but not as we knew it....

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • There seems to be a body of opinion that our " best" players will be off. Quite who of this abysmal bunch can be considered the "best ". Redmond is the only one that has shown real talent. All the others will be glad to cling to their Championship salaries. The deserve them as they earned them.

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    stormy

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • goldie, there have been a few articles like that. Plus a really asinine one, that was published anonymously, about 10 good reasons to rejoice. It could have been Paddy without his Thesaurus\crutch. There are sinister forces in play here. Look no further than the Ar-chant placeman on NCFC`s `Board`; Boycie Phillips, Del Boy, mai saan...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • If you feel like maqking a comment on the Russ Martin article you had better read it and come back here as Archant for some reason hasn't set up the article to be able to comment on it. Martin is again stating the obvious and will not be brave enough to come out with the truth that the manager was c**p and the players didn't work hard enough in so many many games and he is one of them who lacked the quality in the Premiership. None of the players had any leadership qualities to stir the other players into making an extra effort. Hope next season will improve the fans pleasure by 100% or they will be taking money under false pretences again.

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    goldie

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Probably most of the decent players will go if they can find anyone who wants them, they are used to Premiership wages and loyalty will have no place in their decisions so only the ones who are not much use to anyone else will remain. Just hope the club don't hang on to the poorer players in misplaced loyalty like they did with Hughton. We are unlikely to bounce back as the better players will go, even to other Championship teams who are prepared to offer better wages. They are only doing a job after all and like most fans will go for better wages. Only the fans are loyal.

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    goldie

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • From what I recall Rudd was excellent and is probably a lot better after having regular games. Couldn't be any worse than Ruddy who hasn't exactly covered himself in glory this season. For some reason City keep letting better players go than the ones they keep so anything is possible.

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    goldie

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Indeed, Algarve, Bunn was never good enough. One of Bewilderwood`s "contributions" to our failure. When\if Ruddy goes and Rudd returns, wouldn`t it have been good to have Steer ready? Just waiting now to see if Carlos the Jackal is potS...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • I suspect that whatever happens this afternoon, Rudd will be playing in theChampionship next season. If not we will need another goalkeeper because Bunn isn't good enough.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • It`s been un-wiped now, but it seems my old, knapachteren sparring partner, Blaffen Wijs, has been cast from the cubicles of communication. A Victim of Archie`s underhand technique, whereby the duty Grosskontroller constantly obstructs reasonable contributions, until their victims get cross and retaliate. Then these little sycophants can justify closing the "culprits`" accounts, thereby garnering Kudos from their sinister Masters, eg `Boycie` Ph!llips. A sad day for The Freedom of the Cubicles. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • If Ruddy does go then we simply must have Declan as our No 1 keeper. I think his distribution is far better than Ruddy's anyway.

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    jigs69

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Spot on, TK. The Malky Message Board has been wiped clean. Maybe too many postings posed awkward questions, like "Who was really responsible for Wolfswinkelgate?"...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • One thing is for sure, if and when Ruddy decides to jump ship, Declan must be the best choice of first team keeper next season. Good luck today and I hope to see you in Yellow next season. OTBC

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Good luck lad - maybe you should have been our player of the season?

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

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