Rudd and Murphy set for play-off pushIn our latest round-up, we assess the fortunes of the four Norwich City players currently out on loan as the 2013/14 season nears its conclusion.
TWO Canaries will experience the joy or heartache of the Football League play-offs next month as they target promotion with their respective clubs.
Declan Rudd will complete his loan spell at Preston North End as they vie with Leyton Orient, Rotherham United and Peterborough United for the final spot in the Championship for next year, while Jacob Murphy will hope to play his part for Southend United in their push for League Two play-off success.
Goalkeeper Rudd has caught the eye has an ever-present between the sticks for North End, most recently playing his part last Saturday in their 3-1 victory over Gillingham at Deepdale.
They wrap up their regular campaign with a trip to relegation-threatened Crewe Alexandra before embarking on their two-legged semi-final on Saturday May 10 and either Tuesday May 13 or Thursday May 15, with a potential Wembley final date of Sunday May 25.
Murphy has played six times for Southend since linking up with them at the end of March, scoring once in the 3-0 win at Rochdale on Good Friday.
Phil Brown’s team welcome Burton Albion this Saturday, with their play-off campaign starting on the following weekend. Murphy could play at Wembley if the Shrimpers make the final, which is scheduled for Monday May 26.
Andrew Surman – on loan at Championship Bournemouth from the Canaries – won’t have the chance to battle for Premier League promotion after the Cherries slim hopes of gaining a play-off spot were ended at the weekend despite a 4-1 thrashing of Nottingham Forest.
27-year-old Surman played the full 90 minutes in that game, taking his appearance tally to 38 for the season ahead of their concluding match at Millwall this weekend.
One City player guaranteed a medal is Cameron McGeehan, who finished his loan spell at Skrill Conference Premier champions Luton Town on a high as they beat Hyde 1-0 on Saturday.
FA Youth Cup-winning captain McGeehan has been influential since joining John Still’s outfit in January, contributing three goals in his 18 appearances.
His Under-21s teammates Jamar Loza and Adel Gafaiti recently completed loan spells at Southend United and Oldham Athletic respectively.