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DECLAN RUDD SIGNS NEW CONTRACT WITH CANARIES

12 August 2014

Promising 'keeper agrees new Norwich City deal

CITY are delighted to confirm that goalkeeper Declan Rudd has signed a new three-year contract with the Club, with an option for a further 12 months.

The Academy graduate was at Carrow Road on Tuesday afternoon to put pen-to-paper on a fresh, long-term deal with the Canaries.

Rudd said: "To be here is what I've always wanted. I started watching Norwich when I was about six and I joined the Academy a couple of years later.

"For the club to sign me on a longer-term deal is brilliant for myself so I'm over the moon and really looking forward to the season.

"I'm just going to keep working hard, put everything into training then if I get an opportunity, take it."

The 23-year-old, who was on the bench for Sunday’s match against Wolves, had a hugely successful loan spell at League One Preston North End last year, making 55 appearances in all competitions and keeping 20 clean sheets.

He returned to City this summer and has been John Ruddy’s regular understudy in pre-season, featuring three times.

Diss-born Rudd joined the Canaries’ Academy aged just eight, and made his debut in September 2009 in a 1-1 draw with Gillingham.

He initially moved to Preston on a short-term deal in January 2013, but made enough of an impression on manager Simon Grayson for him to return on a season-long loan that summer.

Rudd has made 18 competitive appearances for Norwich City.

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