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RUDD EXTENDS DEAL

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09:30 18th June 2013

by Norwich City Football Club

City 'keeper to also re-join Preston on season-long loan

NORWICH CITY goalkeeper Declan Rudd has put pen-to-paper on a one-year contract extension with the Canaries – and will re-join League One side Preston North End on a season-long loan for the 2013-14 campaign.

The 22-year-old, who progressed through the Club’s Academy, has played 18 times for City’s first-team and signs a deal that lengthens his contract at Carrow Road until the summer of 2015.

Rudd spent the second half of last season on loan at Deepdale, establishing himself in Simon Grayson’s team as they finished 14th in English football’s third tier.

In total, the Diss-born stopper made 14 appearances for the Lancashire club and he will link up with them once more on July 1.

“I’ve been at the Club since I was eight years old so to get another contract extension is brilliant, I’m really pleased with it,” said Rudd when speaking exclusively to Canaries Player.

“It means that I’m still around close to home and at a great Club like Norwich.”

“It went really well at Preston last year – I think we only lost two games when I was there and we were unbeaten at home. I really enjoyed it and that’s one of the main reasons why I wanted to get the contract sorted and get back there again.

“Working here with Dave Watson is great given the stature of coach that he is, but you need to play football. As a young goalkeeper that’s the most important thing. I’m really looking forward to the season starting.”

City manager Chris Hughton added: “Declan is one of our young talents so therefore for him to get the opportunity to play regular football for a season is a benefit to both him and us.

“He clearly made a good impression during his spell with Preston last season and we hope he can make a similar impact again.”

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