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Emergence of Declan Rudd has boosted Norwich City’s academy hopes

06:30 21 January 2016

Declan Rudd, left, has started Norwich Citys last eight Premier League matches. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON

Declan Rudd, left, has started Norwich Citys last eight Premier League matches. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON

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The emergence of Declan Rudd as a Premier League regular has provided a boost to Norwich City’s academy ambitions, chief executive David McNally has said.

The Diss-born 25-year-old has started City’s last eight league games, to become the first youth product to start regularly for the club since Chris Martin left in the summer of 2013.

“When I joined in 2009 – it just shows how far the club has come, not through me I hasten to add but because of what’s happened at the academy, with great work by great people there – we couldn’t get a player out on loan,” McNally said.

“I think we’ve had up to 14 or 15 players out on loan at any one point this season and other players that we’ve kept back because we’ve decided it was better for their development for them to play under-21s or to be involved with the first-team squad. So we’re now in a really strong position.”

With the likes of the Murphy twins, Harry Toffolo and Carlton Morris out on loan, City’s chief believes the club’s plans for a productive academy are starting to come to fruition.

“Declan Rudd has benefitted from terrific education through the academy, a great loan at Preston and now he’s our first-choice goalkeeper currently,” McNally added. “I’m sure John (Ruddy) will have something to say about that in the future but at the moment Declan has the gloves.

“So we’re thrilled because it is about the development of those players that will make it so much better for this football club in the future and that’s why we were delighted that we’ve been able to convince Ben Godfrey to come here (from York City) as opposed to one of the other 10 clubs he could have gone to.”

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10 comments

  • Reg - Archie won't allow me to reply. I'll explain another time. Meanwhile thanks for your concern. Time to take my Pils. Nunc est bibendum.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • @Reg; my nightmares are getting so bad now they overlap into the days. And last all week - they are 24\7mares!! My Doc says it could be linked to diet - but I'm not on a diet. I do feel a tad guilty that DJ_F is being adversely affected by my malaise. That could be why Archie won't let me speak to him any more. Keep taking the Pils. ITMIT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • I haven't spotted the weaknesses high-lighted by PutneyCanary; I'll try a more critical eye? To-date I've felt he's a more athletic shot-stopper, better distribution and doesn't 'flap' when coming out. Declan's just turned 25, which I guess is ok for a goal-keeper, given its unique position, but I'd like to think the Murphy's and Toffolo can get their chance before 24\25. I haven't seen enough of Loza and Morris? I'm worried that Mad B's nightmares are getting worse and apparently catching for DJ_F :)

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    Reg Breeze

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Pleased for Declan, at last got his chance. Looked to have taken it with both gloved hands. With so little success from the academy , I grudge the £19 a year being automatically added to my season ticket. This should be an opt in thing rather than an opt out on the season ticket. With all the riches in the PL, this should not be required. The last notable player wasChris Martin, and we gave him away FREE. Worth a few quid now. I just hope the Murphy boys make it hear, but doubt it while we are in the PL

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    canaryken

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • I guess I'm the only one who doesn't rate Rudd particularly highly. I get the clamour for a locally produced lad, but I think if Ruddy had produced exactly the display of Rudd against Spurs and against Bournemouth then we'd have had the usual criticism. He's definitely better at distribution than Ruddy. But i think he's suspect when it comes to coming out to claim crosses. For what it's worth, I also don't rate Ruddy. Everyone seems to want a new striker to complete this windows activity. Me...I'd prefer a new goalie. Steve Mandanda would be my pick (although I think he's said he's not moving until the summer). So how about Valdes on loan from Utd and then Mandanda in the summer...?! Not sure Valdes would come, but he's clearly not happy at Utd so may be worth offering him a way out...

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    PutneyCanary

    Friday, January 22, 2016

  • With the increasing finances coming into this league, will be increasing harder for the academy players to get on the pitch so lower league loans will continue to be the norm. Out of those, a small fraction will make the grade with their clubs whilst others will move lower. Becomes almost pointless for the top clubs to have academies in that case other than to provide future players for their poorer cousins. Where is our game going. Premier League will eat itself in time. The monster is out of control.....

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • If things don't change in football, it will be all croute and no content. A circus built on a brittle skating rink. Sweet creme brulée crust over cheap custard. Or even worse, akin to the like of a match day pie; expensive and unpalatable. By the time the bubble bursts, the bosses will be bored anyway. Recent studies show that football will fade from the public consciousness to be replaced by synchronised slimming. In order that even less food may be sold for even more money. The King was in the altogether...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • Yep, Brewer, if Declan can make it from the Academy why not others? The question in part is whether we will give them the opportunity? Some PL clubs seem to blood youngsters but the overall trend is still to go out and buy, probably believing it is the safest option. Players in the PL need have to be quick, strong and athletic and there is no reason why some youngsters should not have all the attributes necessary. A few do but more need to get the chance to get onto the stage.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • Let's be 'avin' a few more Decs! It seems that hope remains that a Murphy or two might yet make it. Plus Toffolo. Carlton Morris is off radar atm - he was sent on loan to Caledonia, wasn't he? Is Jamar Loza an Academy product? Hi Bogaz J. Regards to Mrs. Bogaz J - I hope your good lady still finds these boards a source of hilarity. (There are some quality jokers\jokes about!). Back on-topic, Declan's progress may give some hope to the others.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • Really pleased with Declan's addition to our team. I feel much more confident now he 'has the gloves' as Mr McN says. I just wish he didn't have to wear pink! 3 big ones on Saturday please!

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    Bogaz John

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

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