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On-loan Norwich City keeper Declan Rudd hailed as 'one of the best keepers' in League One

PUBLISHED: 12:58 20 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:58 20 January 2017

Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd is spending the current season on loan at Charlton. 
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Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd is spending the current season on loan at Charlton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd has been described as "one of the best keepers" in League One by Charlton boss Karl Robinson.

The Canaries academy product returned to action for Charlton Athletic, after missing almost two months of this loan with a hip injury, in a 0-0 draw with Millwall last weekend.

The return to fitness of the 26-year-old meant a difficult decision for Robinson to drop Dillon Phillips, who had worn the gloves for the Addicks in Rudd’s absence.

“That was very hard. Dillon knows how hard that was for me,” Robinson told London News Online.

“All my players know exactly where they stand, I’ve said already about how transparency with them is important.

“I’ve gone on record that, when fit, Declan Rudd is one of the best keepers in this league. Dillon has the capabilities to be up there as well.

“You saw on Saturday how quickly Dec was off his line on one or two occasions and that’s the experience from the amount of minutes he has played. It’s important when players can recall the past and keep their minds sharp.”

Rudd is now expected to keep his place when second-placed Scunthorpe arrive at The Valley tomorrow, as he looks to add to the six clean sheets he has kept in 20 games so far.

The on-loan keeper’s City contract is due to expire this summer, although the club retain the option for a further year.

Since making his debut back in 2004, the Diss-born player has made 34 appearances in all competitions for his boyhood club.

Two successful loan spells in League One with Preston – playing 69 games for North End – led to Rudd getting his chance with Norwich in the Premier League last season.

An 11-game stint was not wholly successful though and he joined Charlton last summer after the signing of Northern Ireland number one Michael McGovern on a free transfer.

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