Norwich City’s Declan Rudd is enjoying the high life at Preston

Norwich City's on-loan keeper Declan Rudd is targeting a Championship promotion push with Preston. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's on-loan keeper Declan Rudd is targeting a Championship promotion push with Preston. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, April 17, 2014
2:16 PM

Declan Rudd is one Norwich City player who can focus on a promotion battle rather than a relegation skirmish, with loan club Preston riding high in League One.

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The 23-year-old has swapped the Canaries’ Premier League survival scrap for trying to help the Lilywhites into the Championship and Rudd is poised for his 50th outing of the season against promotion rivals Brentford on Good Friday. Rudd has been a revelation at Deepdale with Simon Grayson’s fifth-placed side comfortably in a play-off spot 19 points clear of seventh-placed Swindon. The City academy product, however, knows it is vital North End maintain their surge over the final month if he wants to emulate the achievement of his fellow Norwich loanee, Cameron McGeehan, who clinched promotion back to the Football League earlier this week with Luton Town.

“It is an exciting time to be involved now because the games mean so much at the top and the bottom. We need to keep the form going and keep it going right until the end because it is still mathematically possible to catch the top two,” said Rudd. “We know the play-offs are there but we can also decide a lot of teams’ futures at the bottom in the next few weeks. Momentum is absolutely key if we end up in those play-offs. You always see it every year that the form side is the one who have the best chance to go up. Look at Crystal Palace last season, they nicked a play-off spot and ended up going into the Premier League. Momentum takes you up and we need to make sure we keep it going in the next few games.”

Rudd has been part of defence that has kept 20 clean sheets but the Diss-bred keeper has praised the efforts of the men in front of him.

“We’ve got a team ethic that works as hard as it can and we make sure we do our best to keep the ball out,” he told Preston’s official site. “We defend from the front and that explains why we have lost only five games this season. That tells you we have not dipped too much. Every team has a dip but we have managed to maintain quite a high level. It has only happened for one or two games and we have picked things up again. I think there are exciting times to come.”

10 comments

  • Btw, Henry, I still think JR`s become a good goalie. His form has suffered a bit, as a result of of generally feeble team performances. If he goes, good luck to him, I think Declan`s ready to step up to the mark. Shame we have lost Steer, though. Come back, Declan, Freddy Krughton`s gone. The Nightmare on Carrow Road is over!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Henry - Becchio. No doubt. Not put a cheek wrong.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Don't think Ruddy has had a very good season, so we wouldn't get much for him anyway. Maybe Leicester and Burnley would show some interest. Which player is gonna win player of the season, there is nobody who has had a good season.

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    Henry

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Matt, your posting has logic in parts. A veritable Curate`s Egg, just in time for Oestre. Dec will be a fine 1st choice goalie for us (unless he stays where he is), and Jed Steer would`ve been a super deputy. But we still have Benchwarmer Bunn and young Carlos The Jackal. Good ol` Hoots. Diamond geezer. Already in the Premier Man Catalogue, modelling the `Country Vicar` range of retro pullovers. Is biglingers an 1p5wich troll? Poor old Ruddy has missed his chance of cashing in. Time to cash out, JR?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • His distribution has always been better than Ruddy's. I'd have him straight in the team next season and cash in on Ruddy.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Don't know why LINCS CANARY thinks Ruddy will automatically be bought by a Premier league team. No one has shown any serious interest in him from the Prem. except Chelsea who were trying to unsettle him like Lambert when he came after Hoolahan and he hasn't exactly set the world on fire with fantastic saves this season, most of the fantastic saves have come from opposition sides keeping City to only 32 points todate.

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    goldie

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • How long did that take to think up moron

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    B Inners

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • At least he's playing for a decent club!

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    biglingers

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • If we fail to stay up then Declan will probably be playing in the Championship for us because Ruddy is sure to be snapped up by another Prem team.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Spoke to a celeb (well to some people in similar circles to myself) who is a Preston Fan only last week. He took great pleasure in informing me we can have Declan back because hes done so well. While thats not technically their choice hes not the kind of guy even i'd argue with. Hopefully a year away has done Declan the world of good. Im all for the youngsters going out and getting loan time of some greater substance than a month here or a month there. Longer term loans are better in the long run.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

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