Declan Rudd hails the impact of Dave Watson at Norwich City

Young Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd has hailed the impact of new goalkeeping coach Dave Watson – and admitted even if he does not find himself with a loan spell this season, he will be learning plenty at Colney.

Young Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd has hailed the impact of new goalkeeping coach Dave Watson – and admitted even if he does not find himself with a loan spell this season, he will be learning plenty at Colney.

It is expected Mark Bunn's arrival from Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday as back-up to number one John Ruddy will pave the way for either 19-year-old Jed Steer or 21-year-old Rudd to gain experience away from Carrow Road this season.

It was Rudd – also called up by England Under-21 for their two European Championship qualifiers next month alongside City team-mate Ryan Bennett on Wednesday – who played the 90 minutes in Norwich's 2-1 League Cup defeat of Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night.

And while the Academy product is prepared to sample life outside City this term, Rudd would have no issues hanging around Colney to continue working with Watson and Ruddy.


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'I'm not sure what's in store this season – at the minute I'm just training hard and keeping my head down and seeing what happens; who knows what the future has got,' said Rudd.

'It's just one position in 11, so you probably get one chance in a season if you're lucky to come in and take it. So you have to be patient, work hard and stay on your toes, and be ready when the opportunity comes along.

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'But at the minute it's great to just get that experience of training with the England goalkeeping coach and alongside John Ruddy, whose in the England set-up, and you can only learn more and more each day.

'Dave has come in and put his stamp on our training, he's working us hard and getting us doing the right things and he's ironing out a lot of creases in my game, definitely. He definitely gets the best out of us in training.

'You look at who he has worked with – he's worked with Joe Hart, with Jack Butland who's 18 and playing in the England team. You just have to look at what he's brought through and you have to believe in what he says, because it obviously works.

'So working with him is a great opportunity and day by day, you've just got to take your chance and show him you're doing what he is saying.'

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