Diss pair Matthew Upson and Declan Rudd get new lease of life away from home clubs
Matthew Upson and Declan Rudd are both hoping loan moves down the league ladder from their parent clubs can get them first-team football.
They may be at the opposite ends of their careers, but the former Diss High School pupils are hoping to benefit from playing football a long way from home.
Norwich City’s 22-year-old goalkeeper Rudd has made the 262-mile journey to Graham Westley’s League One Preston North End, while 33-year-old Stoke City defender Upson has travelled 218 miles to Gus Poyet’s Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion.
Rudd, who made his England Under-21s bow in a record-breaking game in Walsall on Tuesday, is back in East Anglia tomorrow looking to boost 17th-placed Preston’s survival hopes at 19th-placed Colchester United (3pm).
The former Diss Town youth keeper, picked up by Norwich scouts at the age of nine, said: “There is nothing better than playing for your country and it is a huge honour.”
The 4-0 win over Sweden ensured second-half substitute Rudd helped Stuart Pearce’s side enter the history books by recording seven straight wins, having not conceded a goal.
“I have now played at every age group, which is a big thing and I am happy to have done that and I will be looking to push on now and carry on achieving what I plan to achieve,” Rudd added when speaking to his new club, where he is looking to break into the starting line-up tomorrow after being an unused substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Shrewsbury.
Meanwhile, Eye-born former England international Upson, who didn’t hesitate to drop out of the Premier League after only one start in 2012/13, believes he can help Brighton win promotion.
“When you watch the Albion play they play some good football and that really interests me,” he told Brighton’s website. “We have got some fantastic talent and some good technical players and with the league position we are in, I think we can push for a play-off place and there is everything to play for in the last 17 games.”
Brighton host second-placed Hull City live on Sky Sports 2 tomorrow (5.20pm).
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