Norwich City’s Declan Rudd has grown up on loan at Preston North End

Norwich keeper Declan Rudd has grown up on loan at Preston. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich keeper Declan Rudd has grown up on loan at Preston. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
6:30 AM

Norwich City’s former England Under-21 keeper Declan Rudd believes he will return to Carrow Road a far better keeper for his extended loan spell at League One promotion hopefuls Preston.

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The 23-year-old is in action again on Tuesday night at MK Dons after recently celebrating his one-year anniversary at Deepdale, split between two loan spells. Rudd has now become a key part of the Lilywhites’ bid to reach the Championship, with Simon Grayson’s side currently in fourth.

The Diss-bred keeper had made 14 starts for Norwich after progressing through the academy ranks before grabbing his chance to impress in the north-west.

“I have a lot to be thankful to Preston for,” he said. “At the time a lot of managers weren’t willing to take the risk with me.

“Thankfully Preston were prepared to take a chance and a year on I’m still here. It has been brilliant and being here has brought me out as a person a lot more. Although I moved out of home at 16 when I joined Norwich, it was only half-an-hour up the road. I’m now four-and-a-half hours from home but my fiancée and myself have settled nicely here. It is nice to be playing every week – it’s not much of a job if there is nothing to work for at the end of the week. As a team we are going really well, having lost only four league games this season and just three in the cups.

“When I first came to Preston, I wasn’t sure how I would cope playing every week. But I have coped, I’ve loved it and I have improved so much as a goalkeeper. To be asked in the summer to come back for this season was an honour.”

Rudd was part of the Preston side who drew 1-1 at the weekend with promotion rivals Leyton Orient in an emotional occasion at Deepdale that marked the passing of legendary North End and England striker Sir Tom Finney.

“It was an honour to play on Saturday to be honest,” he told Preston’s official site. “I feel very lucky and privileged to be able to represent the man himself and it was an emotional day for the people who knew him, all the fans and the people involved with Preston over the years.

“It is a big loss to the community, to football and obviously all the charity work he has done. It was an honour to represent him on the day.

“It sort of gives you an extra incentive to get the three points, unfortunately we weren’t able to on the day, but I think we put in a performance that would have made him proud.”

Rudd expects a tough test against the Dons on Tuesday evening.

“They are a very good footballing side,” he said. “Dropping the two points on Saturday wasn’t ideal, but there is still a long way to go.

“There are 16 games left and I think we need to set the marker down. It is up to us now to finish the job in hand.”

9 comments

  • Whatever happens to NCFC, whether it be relegation or not, I have a feeling Rudd will be playing Championship football next season.

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    Mr. Livers

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • He will make a useful keeper for us in the championship next season.

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • We might need him next year !. Mirror reports McNally to replace Hughton swiftly if Canaries premier league status is threatened.IF ... IF McNally look at the table and the fixture list IF.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Oh I do hope you're right, waclor!

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Declare, never let us down when in the team I would like to see him back here, and being really considered for 1st team duty. For me this year Ruddy has not performed.He no longer is as dominant as he should be of his area. He hesitates to come out of the sticks in the way that top class keepers do. This has lead to goals against us that could be very costly to our future. He is never ever an international class keeper, and will not even been considered, but for the fact so few English keepers play in the EPL.

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    canaryken

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Stay where you are Declan, any football ability you have will be coached out of you by our leaders.

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    Jimhow

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Perhaps Hughton has foresight after all. Declan is already a better `keeper than Bunnchio. So; Norwich return to the Championship. Ruddy sold to a real Prem side where he recovers form and revives his career. Declan returns as our No.1. Bunnchio continues his career on the bench. Houghton and the other two stouges leave. Two patient seasons rebuilding under Mick McCarthy prior to a triumphant return to the Prem. We flog Declan to Chelsea for £32m. Carlos Nash becomes our new No.1, now aged 73. Bunnchio`s mortgage on his bench now fully paid up. A third-string goalie signed from AFC Winfarthing Academicals, 12 year-old Davie Dack, a distant cousin of Nogdam End`s veteran substitute striker, Albert Dack. The future looks all good. I wonder where the Mirror got that story, Wivenhoe? Maybe just a construction upon the recent bland utterances of Machianally.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • So pleased for Dec. Contacts in Preston say he is having a fabulous season. His distribution has always been far better than Ruddy's and he outclasses Bunn in every department. I just hope he comes back and pushes Ruddy for his place - but Hughton is bound to sell him . . .

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • jigs, Hughton will not be around to give any Norwich players away nor buy any expensive but rubbish replacements. The man has been a disaster for Norwich but that will not extend past June.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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