Norwich City allow goalkeeper Declan Rudd to join Charlton on season-long loan

PUBLISHED: 15:48 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:10 02 August 2016

Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd has joined Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan. Picture: Focus Images

Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd has joined Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan. Picture: Focus Images

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Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd has joined League One side Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan.

The 25-year-old Canaries academy product has made 34 appearances since his debut in 2009 but recently saw Northern Ireland international keeper Michael McGovern brought in on a free transfer.

“It’s brilliant to have the move sorted and I am really happy to be down here and part of the squad,” Rudd told the Addicks’ official website.

“As soon as I got the call about the possibility about coming to Charlton it was a no-brainer for me. This is huge club with great history and facilities, and we have a great manager and staff here and hopefully we can achieve our goal this season which is, of course, to bounce straight back up to the Championship.”

Charlton boss Russell Slade is pleased to have brought in a keeper who has previously performed well in the third tier during loan spells with Preston North End.

“We have been patient in waiting for our number one target and we are delighted that our patience has been rewarded,” Slade said.

“We feel like we have got a top goalkeeper in Declan and he was so enthusiastic and could not wait to get started today. That is what he is all about. He is a very efficient, all-round goalkeeper; his kicking his good, he manages his box well and he is a very good shot stopper. We are very pleased to have him.”

The loan deal leaves City with just McGovern and John Ruddy as their experienced goalkeeper options going into the Championship season.

Remi Matthews has joined Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical on a season-long loan as well, leaving just 20-year-old Ben Killip as cover, who spent last season on loan in National League North with Lowestoft Town.

Previous back-up Jake Kean came to a mutual agreement to end his contract early during this summer before joining Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer, having never made an appearance for Norwich.

Diss-born Rudd first spent time on loan at Preston during towards the end of the 2012-13 season, making 14 appearances, before returning the next season and being an ever-present for North End.

He returned to Norwich and was finally given another first-team chance last season, replacing Ruddy for 11 Premier League games before returning to the bench after a costly error in a 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

Rudd’s contract is due to expire next summer, although City retain a 12-month option if they choose to activate it.

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