Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd has said he is open to a move to Championship rivals Preston North End, according to Read Norwich.

The Canaries announced the signing of Angus Gunn last week from Manchester City, meaning Rudd’s opportunities at Carrow Road will be limited in the 2017/18 season.

Rudd spent last season on loan at League One Charlton Athletic asfter former boss Alex Neil decided the keeper was surplus to requirements.

The 26-year old has had an 18 year association with the club, and when it was announced that long-term number one John Ruddy was being released last month, it looked like Rudd would finally get his chance between the sticks on a long-term basis.

Northern Ireland’s international keeper Michael McGovern also sits head of Rudd in the pecking order.

Rudd has spent two previous loan spells at Preston North End between 2013 and 2014 and they’re keen to bring him back to the club on a permanent basis.

Speaking to the Eastern Daily Press in April, Rudd said: “I will think about my future when the season’s finished. We still have three games to go and they are important games because we need to start building for next season now and if we can go into that with some good results behind us the momentum will be there and hopefully we’ll be in a better position.”

Speaking about the interest from Preston, Rudd said: “It’s nice to hear that. Every player wants to be wanted by a club. Sometimes it can play on the back of your mind if you let it get to you.

“To be honest I like to keep all that out and concentrate on the football because that’s where you do your talking as a player. You can speak to managers and speak to clubs but if you are not doing it out on the pitch you aren’t going to get anywhere.”


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