Rangers and West Ham United were believed to be keen on signing Declan Rudd – but their hopes have now been ended.
The Preston stopper has had his dectractors since returning to the club permanently in 2017. Last season was certainly difficult for him due to some notable errors and major fan criticism, but he has generally been solid and consistent this term.
The problem for North End was that, just as Rudd was starting to show the form that made him a Preston favourite back in the 2013-14 season, he was coming towards the end of his contract.
That left Preston to sweat over Rudd’s future, but Preston have today confirmed that the goalkeeper has signed a new three-year contract with the club, committing his future until 2023.
The 29-year-old will now be at Deepdale rather than Ibrox or the London Stadium, and Alex Neil now has one less thing to worry about ahead of the summer transfer window.
Rudd noted that he now thinks he has become a ‘mature goalkeeper’, and credited Trevor Hemmings as a huge reason for staying at the club, having kept the club running as normal during the global pandemic, with Rudd seemingly valuing the running of the club.