Norwich City will not suffer a relegation hangover insists keeper

Norwich City keeper Declan Rudd was powerless to prevent the club's relegation. Picture: Matthew Usher. Norwich City keeper Declan Rudd was powerless to prevent the club's relegation. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
6:30 AM

Declan Rudd detects no lingering relegation hangover as Norwich City look to step up their Championship planning with a pre-season trip to Italy.

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Neil Adams’ 25-man squad will fly out on Friday morning for a three-game tour as City continue their preparations for the Championship opener at Wolves on August 10 following friendly wins over non league duo Dereham and Braintree. Rudd played no part in City’s Premier League demise after spending last season on loan at League One Preston but that made it even tougher to take as he watched events unfold at his club.

“To be honest, having missed it all I wouldn’t know I was coming back into a set of lads and a dressing room that had been relegated,” said Rudd, who was on duty at King’s Lynn in midweek. “They’ve had to take it on the chin over the summer, thought about it and now its about getting back to work and doing your job as normal. That is the best way for me. We had a big meeting with the gaffer and the staff and we have put that to one side. We have other things to concentrate on now. It’s gone, we can’t change it. It’s all about what we do in the future.

“Being a boyhood fan, this is my team, I’ve always been to watch and since I was nine I’ve been here as a player so it was horrible to see the team relegated. I have friends in this side, but that is football, it happens and sometimes it is for a reason. Hopefully it gives us a chance to think about things, think where we are going and rebuild.”

Rudd knows better than most within the Carrow Road dressing room just what it will take to succeed in the unforgiving surroundings of the Football League after helping guide North End to the League One play-offs.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of team work,” said the 23-year-old. “We had a great team ethic at Preston which I think helped us massively. We’re starting to build that here now from what I can see since I have come back. The games come thick and fast so that momentum of winning matches again is massive. It’s a hard league, with very good teams and very good players and we’ll have to be at our best every game and if we are then hopefully we can get back up.”

29 comments

  • A general comment. I don`t have a good feeling about the club at this time. Too smug. Too complacent. Too cosy at board level. Far too easily duped at fan level. Nepotism at every level. Michigan Canary should come over the big water and shake the Village-Norwichers up.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Bunn was a capable backup and performed well in the League Cup run season before even saving the key pen against Spurs but agree with Matt, just not big enough. Not his fault. I would prefer to see him move on and use Declan as #2. I thought season long loans do not allow for call back if needed?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Oh I was always in the camp of prefering Rudd to Bunn buddy. Do respect Bunn though. Goalkeeping ability wise hes very good! Just size lets him down sadly.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Fagen, Rooney puts two shifts ON. Matt is moving his mass in a Rudd direction. At last. Why would a tall, lithe young goalie be seen as worse than an oldish short, immobile, chunky one? Answer: Calderwood. The dark days are over. Possibly.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Very Very Very pleasing to hear. Been saying for a while my only issue with him from the games under Lambert and those with Preston was his strength\command of area. Ability wise hes full of it. Still think if we aint selling Ruddy, then Rudd will get more from a full seasons loan instead of sitting around doing a Bunn for a season.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Matt, he looked far from lightweight and as I said pretty tall. Dealt with all the high balls in and given neither team were taking prisoners, looked at ease. Was one of the few if not only one to play the whole match.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Superb. Bulked up at all? I watched a few Preston games at the end of the season and was impressed as always by his general goalkeeping ability but thought his frame still looked too slight. Not end of the world as hes still young and Joe Hart is hardly imposing......dam that isnt the best example.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Rudd looked confident at Lynn and was not at fault for either goal - poor defending took care of those. I spoke to him before the game but he blanked me. Fair enough as he was warming up at the time. Certainly a tall lad - taller than I remembered.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Better than John Ruddy Mel?

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • It's in the Lancashire Telegraph about Mark Bunn's possible return to Blackburn. That's fine by me as I still think Declan Rudd is the best goalkeeper on our books.

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    Mel Lacey

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Last season some of the players did not give a shift!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Dubai Canary get real they are just blokes doing their job and in it to make as much money as possible in the short time they have to make it. As I have said many times before the only loyalty in pro.football is by the fans.

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    goldie

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • I don't care which players put a shift in as long as they give 110%

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • CW and Brew - I'm waiting for someone ,probably Andy Townsend, to up the ante ,and say that Rooney put two 'shifts' in.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • vastly taller ;) Did you notice the goal we let in against Braintree. Felt sorry for Bunn but that was such a trademark goal. Rooted to his line and the pressure got more and more and then bang a shots fired at him and he appears the shrink more and more. Good keeper technically ability wise but just not big enough to fill any fans or players with confidence.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Agree with CW. `Shift` as applied to a game of football is risible. Then qualifying it with "tough"....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Btw, Matt, Bunn has played 190 games in his career - over half of them for Northampton. He made only 15 appearances for Blackburn in 3 seasons. Declan has played 84 games - 66 for Preston. He`s catching Bunn up fast! And he`s a lot younger (and taller....)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Dan, you are right. Using the word "shift" for a football match is an insult to real workers who put in a shift. I bet coal miners LOVE it. I think even Tesco staff must be insulted by using "shift" to describe a 90 minute football match. Having seen Bassong and Van Wolfsthingy play last season, I suggest we now use the word "saunter" instead of shift.

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Who`s your insider at Blackburn, Matt?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • ....and as if by magic as soon as I click submit my phone buzzes telling me Blackburn are interested in re-signing Mark Bunn. Cant make this stuff up!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • If Bunn is sticking around this season i'd still much prefer Rudd to go out on a full season loan to someone in higher League 1.This would enable him to be fully ready for when I predict we will lose Ruddy next summer (if we dont get immediate promotion back to the Prem). Another full year of first team football will surely be better than a season on the bench at best? Bunn can still around for 1 more year doing that job. From clubs POV I get the feeling Bunns still here because they fear losing John Ruddy and dont want to be left short. Whether Bunn or Rudd would be number 1 in Adams eyes should Ruddy leave, im not sure but I know in my eyes i'd likely go for Rudd should we lose Ruddy. Dont image that sit well with Bunn though who in his head has been patiently waiting for a while now and vastly more experienced.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • I always like the use of the word shift ,Brew. With it you can equate the world of the footballer with that of the coal miner. When NCFC footballers go to the bank every Thursday and ask for seventy thousand pounds in pound coins we can relate to that. Was it 'arry who first used the word in relation to football ? Or it might have been 'early doors' Ron.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • "do your job as normal" may be a hint as to the malaise. It is just a job. Stick to the terms of the contract, train as per that contract, stay out of trouble. Put in a good enough "shift" so as to be seen as trying. If your agent has a Premiership suitor sniffing about, then put in a "tough shift" to impress and get a big wage increase. Even if it means playing selfishly, impressing somebody a tad obtuse and going to Hull. it worked for Snoddy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • There's much in what you say Stew, a telling silence from some.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • .....He does seem to have a lot to say lobbo..but I expect Paddy hangs around his goalmouth at Colney in the hope that he may say something of interest!....Not much coming forth from our captain..ex captain..multi strikers or anyone else for that matter!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Players tend only to address the press when instructed to do so. This is the second time DR has done so. Is he being eased in as another might be on his way?

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Edit......their job is TO get City promoted !

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Last seasons first team squad contributed to getting us relegated. If they have any self esteem or loyalty their job is not get City promoted. In fact, they should be under contractual obligation to do so. They were happy to take the PL wages, and they should remain tasked with getting City promoted again. What does is say about those players who go skipping off to the PL for a larger wage packet, especially after what has happened. The players contracts should be made to keep players on board through thick and thin. I hope we don't have to sell our best players, and, if we do lets make sure we get silly money for them, like we did for Snoddy.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Rudd gives an encouraging insight on morale and application although some players are probably biding their time hoping for a way out. Any omissions\failures to show for the Italy trip will also tell us a bit more about the players' futures. I wonder if Pilks suffers from flying sickness? Do Tet's knees swell up at over 1000 ft? Will Becchio's bench fit in the luggage compartment?

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

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