Charlton Athletic have signed goalkeeper Declan Rudd on a one-year loan from Norwich City.
The 25-year-old, who has racked up over 100 professional appearances, played 11 times in the Premier League last season and becomes manager Russell Slade’s fifth signing of the summer.
Slade said: “We have been patient in waiting for our number one target and we are delighted that our patience has been rewarded.
“We feel like we have got a top goalkeeper in Declan and he was so enthusiastic and could not wait to get started. He is a very efficient, all-round goalkeeper; his kicking his good, he manages his box well and he is a very good shot stopper.”
Rudd said: “It’s brilliant to have the move sorted and I am really happy to be down here. As soon as a got the call about the possibility about coming to Charlton it was a no brainer.
“This is huge club with great history and facilities, and we have a great manager and staff here and hopefully we can achieve our goal this season which is, of course, to bounce straight back up to the Championship.”
Born in Diss, Norfolk, Rudd began his career with Norwich and signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2008.
The following season he played a key role in their academy’s run in the FA Youth Cup – saving three penalties in their fifth-round victory against Everton – with his first-team debut coming in 2009.
Rudd, capped by England at U16, U17, U19, U20 and U21 level, made his full Premier League bow against West Bromwich Albion in September 2011 – where he also saved a penalty - and he then embarked on two separate loan stints at Preston North End.