Declan Rudd

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Declan Rudd
Declan Rudd.jpg
Rudd playing for Preston North End in 2013
Personal information
Full name Declan Thomas Rudd[1]
Date of birth (1991-01-16) 16 January 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Diss, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Preston North End
(on loan from Norwich City)
Number 23
Youth career
1999–2008 Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008– Norwich City 10 (0)
2013 Preston North End (loan) 14 (0)
2013– Preston North End (loan) 38 (0)
National team
2006–2007 England U16 3 (0)
2007–2008 England U17 4 (0)
2009–2010 England U19 10 (0)
2009 England U20 1 (0)
2013– England U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:52, 9 January 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:16, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Declan Thomas Rudd (born 16 January 1991)[2] is an English professional footballer, who plays as a goalkeeper for Preston North End on loan from Norwich City.

Early life[edit]

Rudd joined the Norwich academy at the age of 9.[2] He was originally spotted by City when playing for local side Bressingham as a striker, at the age of eight.[2]

"I think my size helped me," said Rudd speaking to Club's official matchday programme, 'On The Ball', back in October 2007. "I was quite tall for my age and I've always enjoyed playing in goal in the past. But the coaches at my old club always felt I was better outfield. It was only at Norwich when they said I wouldn't make it as a striker that I became a goalkeeper."[2]

Career[edit]

Norwich City[edit]

As a youth player, Rudd was heavily involved with Norwich's run in the FA Youth Cup in 2008–09. In the fifth round, he saved three penalties against Everton, having also scored a penalty in an earlier round.[3] Norwich manager Bryan Gunn said:

It's all in Declan's hands, literally, but then again it's in his feet as well. He showed the confidence he's got as a young goalkeeper. He stood up and took the winning penalty kick against Stoke – last night he just saved the three. I'm sure he'll be in there with a big smile on his face today and rightly so. He's got an opportunity to be a top quality goalkeeper. He's just got to be focused on his job ahead and not get rushed into things. We have to try and develop him in the right way. When he comes into the first team training he doesn't look out of place. He's got a great opportunity of being a top class goalkeeper.[3]

Rudd was named as a substitute for the final game of the 2007–08 season at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday.

In summer 2008, Rudd signed a professional contract with the Canaries. In season 2008–09, he was allocated a squad number of 13.[2]

He made his professional debut on 26 September 2009, in a match away to Gillingham, as a substitute following the sending off of Fraser Forster.[4] His full debut came three days later at Carrow Road in a 4–0 win against Leyton Orient.

Rudd made his first appearance in the Championship in a 2–1 victory over Barnsley on 11 September 2010, due to an injury to John Ruddy.

Rudd made his first appearance in the Premier League on 27 August 2011, after John Ruddy was sent off in a 3–1 defeat to Chelsea. His first taste of Premier League football was to concede a penalty from Frank Lampard.[5] Due to Ruddy's subsequent suspension, Rudd made his full Premier League debut on 11 September at home to West Bromwich Albion, saving a penalty from Peter Odemwingie in a 0–1 defeat.[6]

After performing admirably in Norwich's 4–1 FA Cup victory over Burnley in January 2012, Rudd was unfortunately ruled out for a few months with a thigh injury sustained in training.

International career[edit]

Rudd played for England at various youth levels. He gained his first Under-21 call up in August 2011.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 November 2013.[8]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Norwich City 2009–10 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2010–11 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
2011–12 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
2012–13 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 0
Total 10 0 5 0 3 0 18 0
Preston North End (loan) 2012–13 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2013–14 24 0 3 0 1 0 28 0
Total 30 0 1 0 1 0 32 0
Career Total 40 0 6 0 4 0 50 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Player profile". Norwich City FC. Retrieved 11 February 2009. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.advertiser24.co.uk/content/advertiser24/sport/story.aspx?brand=NOROnline&category=Sport&tBrand=AAOnline&tCategory=sport&itemid=NOED10%20Feb%202009%2017%3A40%3A19%3A340
  4. ^ "Gillingham 1–1 Norwich". BBC Sport. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Chelsea 3–1 Norwich". BBC Sport. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Norwich 0–1 West Brom". BBC Sport. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "England U-21 call up for Rudd". Norwich City FC. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Declan Rudd career stats at Soccerbase

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