PNE loan signing Declan Rudd has revealed his delight at putting pen to paper on a temporary one year deal with the Club, claiming North End is like “a home from home”.
The 22-year-old will officially rejoin the Lilywhites on 1st July having played 14 games – and keeping eight clean sheets - for the Club towards the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
And Rudd claims that returning to Deepdale has been at the forefront of his thoughts ever since the final game of last season, with Preston acting as a second home for the shot-stopper.
“It’s brilliant, from the day the season ended I wanted to get back and sign,” he told PNE.Com.
“I had a great experience for the three months I was at the Club, working with the gaffer was brilliant and with all the lads there.
“It’s like a home from home for me to be honest and to get it all sorted is just brilliant and I can’t wait to get started.”
A host of other Clubs were reportedly interested in the England U21 international, who returned from the European Championships last week, but Rudd pin pointed Simon Grayson, and other key members of the Lilywhites backroom staff, as the primary reason for his return to Lancashire.
“I really enjoyed working with him [Grayson] when he came into the Club and obviously Glynn Snodin as well is a brilliant coach,” Rudd said.
“John Dreyer is there as well and I really can’t wait to work with Alan Kelly [Jnr] either.
“The staff there are brilliant and that’s a key factor as to why I wanted to come back, they’re brilliant to work with on the training pitch.”
In the meantime, Rudd is grateful to have been given the chance to continue his career at such a prestigious Club and admits his excitement for the new season is sky high.
“I’ve got a lot of time for the Club because they gave me my first chance of playing competitive football on a regular basis,” he added.
“Seeing the changes, the friendlies and the draw in the cup – which couldn’t be any better to be honest – I was sitting at home and getting excited.
“It looks like it’s going to be a great time for the Club so let’s just hope we can make that happen.”