Mixed Feelings For Rudd
Yes, Declan Rudd is happy to be back at Preston, insisting he's pleased to work with his former Norwich boss Alex Neil as well too, but his injury setback is of course a disappointment.
The goalkeeper was injured minutes into his first game back at Preston. In fact a minute into the recent friendly at Bamber Bridge was when Rudd picked up a 'slight problem.'
Rudd has told the Official Website he's putting the disappointment out of his head as he bids to get back to full fitness as soon as he can, knowing injuries happen in football.
'I was one minute into my first game back, I cleared the ball up the pitch and my quad went, which is not ideal! It`s football and its part and parcel of the job, but it wasn`t great and I was pretty upset and disappointed, because I was really excited to be back, playing here with the shirt on again and I was really looking forward to the pre-season schedule coming up and then after one minute that happened and it set me back, but I will work hard to be back as quickly as possible.'
However, Rudd's aware as much as he wants to get back quickly he's got to go about it the right way, knowing the Preston medical staff will look at him and take the right steps forward, as the goalkeeper also looks to find himself a new place in Lancashire too.
Rudd said: I want to be as fit as possible as quickly as possible, but there is a fine line between that and doing it too quickly and not letting yourself heal properly and then making it worse, so I have to get that right. The medical department here are very good and are looking to get it sorted and I need to balance all that work with the off the field stuff. I am also trying to find a house; I have viewed about ten already, so we are nearly there and hopefully that is sorted soon, but the main thing for me right now is getting fit as quickly as possible.'
Shortly after his arrival at Deepdale Simon Grayson left for Sunderland, which then led to the appointment of Rudd's former Norwich boss Neil.
He didn't get too much first team football under him at Carrow Road but Rudd knows him well and has said knowing how the Scot works will help during his enforced absence.
Rudd also said he's excited by the prospect of working with Neil again and what he'll offer North End.
'The manager is trying to get his points across to the lads and I was fortunate enough to work with him for two and a half years at Norwich, so I have the basis of everything he is trying to get across, which is good, because I know what he is about and how he likes to work.'
Adding: 'Most if his work right now is about getting his point across to the boys, so I am not missing out too much on what he is trying to get over out on the pitch, because I know how he works and what he wants and by the looks of things he is getting the lads working well and it is quite exciting to see how we will play once he gets control.'
Despite his injury Rudd, 26, is part of the squad spending time in Ireland, Fota Island.