Norwich City’s Declan Rudd urged to keep the pressure on John Ruddy

Declan Rudd has had to bide his time at Norwich City this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Declan Rudd has had to bide his time at Norwich City this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

©Focus Images Limited +447814 482222

Neil Adams is urging Declan Rudd to keep the pressure on Norwich City number one John Ruddy.

Rudd has made two cup appearances this season after returning to his boyhood club in the summer following a season-long loan stint at Preston where he was an ever-present in the Lilywhites run to last season’s League One play-offs.

Mark Bunn’s return to fitness in a midweek development outing only increases the competition, but Adams is well aware he must get the balance right with Rudd.

“Dec had a full season at a good level of football with Preston and of course what you don’t want is to watch them have that sort of buzz and enjoy that involvement at senior level and then it is not quite there,” said Adams. “Dec has been fine and that is where Tony Parks (goalkeeping coach) plays a big part in monitoring how they are.

“There does come a point, whether they are a keeper or an outfield player, when they are going to need games and minutes and it is a lot more difficult with the keeper situation. You can’t give them half and hour here and there as you might with an outfield player.

“It is the same for all three. They are competing for places. There is the possibility of loans, but I wouldn’t want any of them to go at the minute but on any given match day you have to upset one because you can only pick two. Mark had a longer term injury so Dec has that shirt at present behind John. It’s the same as any position in the side, it comes down to who is performing the best in my opinion.”

Related articles


  • I wouldn't be totally surprised to see him go but feel he will stay. I get the impression (based on not much) he would not want to go back to being a #2 in a premier team even if the money would be a significant hike.

    Report this comment


    Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • I can see one of our Keepers going to Newcastle either Ruddy for a high fee or Bunn on loan to get them through until the end of the season.

    Report this comment

    MBA Marine

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • I hope Ruddy keeps a clean sheet today as that might just encourage him to at least stay until the end of the season. However, nobody is irreplaceable in the event he decides to go elsewhere but I fear that would only then be as a bench warmer. It would probably be a case of game time or more money.

    Report this comment


    Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • Davy, don't think you're being cynical. Ruddy won't be the only one moving on. On the brighter side maybe we'll strengthen the defence.

    Report this comment


    Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • Ruddy can go, no one is moves on.

    Report this comment

    A fine city

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • Am I being cynical or do you think come January that this means Ruddy will be off? Hope not.

    Report this comment


    Saturday, December 20, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site


Latest from the EDP


Most Read Sport

Most Commented Sport



max temp: 9°C

min temp: 9°C


Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the EDP
digital edition


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter