Rudd signs contract with Canaries

PUBLISHED: 07:15 10 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:34 10 September 2010

Declan Rudd has agreed terms on his first professional contract with the Canaries. Big things are expected of the Diss-born goalkeeper, 17, who was on the bench for City's final game of the season, at Sheffield Wednesday, on Sunday.

Declan Rudd has agreed terms on his first professional contract with the Canaries.

Big things are expected of the Diss-born goalkeeper, 17, who was on the bench for City's final game of the season, at Sheffield Wednesday, on Sunday.

Rudd - who has played at under-16 and under-17 level for England, will be joined by young midfielder Korey Smith, 17, as manager Glenn Roeder begins to pick out the club's best youngsters for development into first team players.

Damon Lathrope and Luke Daley - both 18 - have already signed new deals.

Also staying at City for another year is left back Robert Eagle, who has accepted a one-year contract.

“It's because I think he's not a bad player because technically he's gifted and I think with a full year's working with us and working in the gym with a specific strengthening programme - although I don't think he is going to grow much taller - I think we can make Robert stronger and that will help him,” said Roeder.

“Left-footed footed players are quite rare and he has got a very nice left footy, quite cultured. He has earned the year with his attitude and his motivation to train and get another contract here and a couple of weeks ago his dream comes true.”

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