Declan Rudd rules out relegation hangover for Norwich City

Norwich City's Declan Rudd is certain their will be no relegation hangover. Picture by Paul Chestert

Norwich City's Declan Rudd is certain their will be no relegation hangover. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Declan Rudd detects no lingering relegation hangover as Norwich City bid to launch their Championship fightback in Saturday's pre-season curtain raiser at Dereham.

Rudd spent last season on loan at League One Preston but that made it even tougher to take as he watched events unfold at his club.

'To be honest, having missed it all I wouldn't know I was coming back into a set of lads and a dressing room that had been relegated,' he said. 'They've had to take it on the chin over the summer, thought about it and now its about getting back to work and doing your job as normal. That is the best way for me. We had a big meeting with the gaffer and the staff and we have put that to one side. We have other things to concentrate on now. It's gone, we can't change it. It's all about what we do in the future.

'Being a boyhood fan, this is my team, I've always been to watch and since I was nine I've been here as a player so it was horrible to see the team relegated. I have friends in this side, but that is football, it happens and sometimes it is for a reason. Hopefully it gives us a chance to think about things, think where we are going and rebuild.'

Rudd knows better than most within Neil Adams' squad just what it will take to succeed in the unforgiving surroundings of the Football League after helping guide North End to the play-offs.

'It's going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of team work,' said the 23-year-old. 'We had a great team ethic at Preston which I think helped us massively. We're starting to build that here now from what I can see since I have come back. The games come thick and fast so that momentum of winning matches again is massive. It's a hard league, with very good teams and very good players and we'll have to be at our best every game and if we are then hopefully we can get back up.'

Rudd believes City's players will reap the benefits from the recent training trip to St George's Park.

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'It's nice to get back to Norwich and work with these lads again but I won't lie, it has been tough. They've been working us hard with double sessions,' he said. 'We're feeling a bit tired now but I am sure we'll get the pay-off down the line. St George's Park is a brilliant place. I've had the luxury of working there before with England squads and it was what we needed to get going. It'll kick start us.'