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Declan Rudd Signs Permanent Deal

20 June 2017

Preston North End have completed the permanent signing of goalkeeper Declan Rudd from Norwich City.

The former loanee signs a three-year contract effective from 1st July, with the two clubs agreeing an undisclosed fee.

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Rudd: "It Feels Like Home"

20 June 2017

The 26-year-old shot-stopper made 69 appearances for the Lilywhites in two previous loan spells, the last of which ending with the Play-Off semi-final against Rotherham United back in May 2014.

Last season he spent the year on loan at Charlton Athletic, making 40 starts for the Addicks, but returned to Carrow Road before the Lilywhites moved in for his signature.

Speaking about the move Declan said: “Coming back here is something that has always been in my mind. When I was on loan here a few years ago it felt like home to me and everyone made me feel welcome and wanted.

“The last three or four years I’ve been here, there and everywhere and I’m happy to finally come back and get things underway.”

Manager Simon Grayson said of his new recruit: “We are delighted to have signed Declan. We have worked with him before and we now have really good competition for the goalkeeping spot – we have two outstanding senior goalkeepers to choose from.

“Chris [Maxwell] had a fantastic year, last year, and we wanted to bring in someone who would provide quality competition for the No.1 spot.

“It should be an easy process for him to settle in; he knows how we all work and it could be as if he has not been away. We are looking forward to working with him and looking forward to challenge he will provide.

“Pre-season is all about competition for places, in all areas of the pitch and the players who perform best during this time will earn the shirts for the first game of the season.”

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