New keeper want PNE in Premier League

Declan Rudd is looking to get another taste of the Premier League after making a return to Preston.
Declan Rudd at Deepdale yesterday after signing for Preston (photo: PNE)Declan Rudd at Deepdale yesterday after signing for Preston (photo: PNE)
Declan Rudd at Deepdale yesterday after signing for Preston (photo: PNE)

The goalkeeper is back at Deepdale as a full signed-up PNE player, three years after a lengthy loan spell ended.

Rudd experienced the top flight in the meantime, making 11 appearances for Norwich in the Premier League.

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Playing at that level again is something Rudd thinks he can achieve with North End.

He moved to Deepdale for an undisclosed fee from the Canaries yesterday, signing a three-year contract.

Rudd told the Post: “I was really fortunate to play in the Premier League for Norwich after I was at Preston on loan.

“I got 11 straight starts two seasons ago and you can’t buy experience like that, it helped me as a player and as a person.

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“I could have done with playing more games like that but it didn’t work out that way.

“Every player wants to play at the highest level and I hope that is something I can do with Preston.

“It is a good squad here, a stable club, and the aim is to go as high as possible.”

Rudd first came to North End in January 2013, making 14 appearances.

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Norwich allowed him to come back for the whole of the 2013/14 campaign, one in which he started 55 games.

An attempt by PNE to keep him for a third spell in the summer of 2014 was turned down by the East Anglia club.

However, Rudd always felt that a return to Preston would one day be on the cards.

“Probably every summer since I went back, there was interest shown by Preston or a bit of communication,” said Rudd.

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“I knew that if things did not quite work out at Norwich, there would be a chance of a return here.

“I’m just happy that they kept up their interest and then made a move.”

Rudd’s feet hardly touched the ground yesterday as he completed the move to PNE shortly after returning from a family holiday in Sardinia.

The 26-year-old said: “I got back from holiday late on Monday night and started my journey here at 6am yesterday.

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“Once I got up to Preston I had my medical and then got everything signed.

“Then it was back on the train to Norfolk, a journey which requires a change of train in London.

“So it was a long day but all very worthwhile.

“My wife and daughter will move up here with me in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to get going.

“We are back for training next week and it will be nice to catch up with some familiar faces and the lads who have joined since I was last here.”

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