Preston boss hopes Norwich City’s Declan Rudd will return to Deepdale next term

Declan Rudd made it clear last month he needs to be playing regular first team football at this stag

Declan Rudd made it clear last month he needs to be playing regular first team football at this stage of his career. - Credit: Simon Finlay

Preston boss Simon Grayson would love to link up again with Norwich City's on-loan England U21 keeper Declan Rudd next season at Deepdale.

The 22-year-old has so far made 13 appearances for North End but is due to return to his parent club at the end of the current campaign.

Rudd is likely to retain his place in Grayson's line-up for tonight's League One trip to Crawley after keeping his third consecutive clean sheet in the 1-0 weekend league win over Tranmere.

Preston's German stopper Thorsten Stuckmann is out of contract in the close season and Grayson admitted he has some big decisions to make in a key area of his squad as he looks to launch a promotion push in 2013/14.

'Declan has done everything we have asked of him. He has been composed, made saves when he's had to and is good with his feet too,' said Grayson.

'The lad is an England U21s goalkeeper and that speaks volumes for him. Declan will go back to Norwich this summer and we will see what their plans are. If he becomes available I'm sure we might have a good opportunity to bring him back.'

Rudd made it clear last month he needs to be playing regular first team football at this stage of his career.

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'I obviously want to play football. No one in football wants to sit and watch every Saturday. Everyone wants to play,' he said. 'If the opportunity was there (to stay at Preston) I would seriously think about it.

'Preston is a great club and they're going places under the new management.

'It's a massive club to play for and, with a fan base like this, it's brilliant to play in front of that every week.'

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