Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Norwich stopper is wanted by Charlton – on a permanent basis

Norwich stopper is wanted by Charlton – on a permanent basis

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Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Declan Rudd warming up before game

Charlton boss Karl Robinson wants to keep on-loan Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

The 26-year-old shotstopper is on a season-long loan with the South Londoners and will only have 12 months to run on his Carrow Road contract in June.

“Declan is an amazing young man and a very talented goalkeeper,” said Robinson. “I don’t know if you saw his celebrations for our goal on Tuesday or at home to Walsall? He celebrates like it’s his real club.

“For a loan player to have that much passion for the team he plays for is remarkable. I’d love him to be here next year.

“LT [Lee Turner] is one of the best goalkeeping coaches I’ve worked with and I know he rates him very highly. I’m sure Dec will look at LT and the facilities we have got here, the ambition of where we want to go.

“But sometimes it is down to other clubs allowing those things to materialise. He is certainly someone I would like to have around.”

Meanwhile left-back Lewis Page looks set for a sustained spell on the sidelines after coming off with a hamstring injury in the midweek draw with Bradford.

Robinson said: “We think we have lost Lewis to quite a bad hamstring injury – this one has a bit more severity.”

Jason Pearce could be on the bench for Saturday’s game at Sheffield United after missing two months with a groin problem.

Nathan Byrne, who sat out the visit of the Bantams due to a kick on the foot, is also set to boost the Addicks’s selection options.

Sports Editor | South London Press sports editor since 2007 who has covered huge sporting events for the paper – Crystal Palace’s Championship play-off final, two trips to Wembley in the FA Cup and David Haye’s world heavyweight unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko. Previously sub-edited on the Sunday Mirror, Daily Star and Sport First. Former ClubCall deputy editor.

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Norwich stopper is wanted by Charlton – on a permanent basis