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42    Anthony GRANT

Nicknamed ‘The General’, former Chelsea youth teamer Grant joined Town from Shrewsbury Town in September 2019, initially on loan, and quickly became a key player in Richie Wellens’ upwardly mobile side. An experienced midfielder with more than 500 league appearances to his name before joining Town, Grant had the much needed ability to break up opposition play and control the tempo of a game.

Grant dominated League Two midfields on the way to securing a permanent transfer in January 2020, and such was his impact and the impressive nature of his partnership with Michael Doughty in the heart of Town’s midfield that he pipped 30-goal Eoin Doyle to the club’s player of the year award. He also showed an ability to fill in at centre-back, which would be further explored the following season in Town’s return to League One.

Before the 2020/21 season, Grant was one of several of Town’s champions - along with Doyle, Yates, Woolery and Keshi Anderson - involved in long running contract and transfer sagas, but despite rumours to the contrary, he became the only one of that group to re-sign. Unfortunately Town’s struggles with squad building - and a few strange decisions including the departure of Doughty and the loaning out of Matty Palmer - meant that Town started the season with only two central midfielders in the squad in Grant and Arsenal loanee Matt Smith. The two seemed a good partnership, but with no ability to rotate both dropped in form, with Grant in particular clearly playing through injuries and struggling with the step up to League One.

With the departure of Wellens and the arrival of John Sheridan, Grant was dropped from the first team for the returning Palmer and spent much of January and February on the sidelines amongst rumours of a rift between him and the new manager. His return to the side came as a makeshift centre-back in a defensive three towards the end of the season, a position in which he acquitted himself well but with less impact on games than he had in central midfield the season before.

At the end of the season, Grant was released along with twelve other out of contract players, receiving only a short and shared 'thank you for your efforts' from the club.

PLAYING RECORD:

Season LEAGUE FA CUP LEAGUE CUP OTHER TOTAL
Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls
'21/'22 5 - - - (+1) - 1 - 6 (+1) -
'20/'21 31 (+2) 3 1 - 1 - 1 (+1) - 34 (+3) 3
'19/'20 29 (+1) - - - - - - - 29 (+1) -
TOTAL 65 (+3) 3 1 - 1 (+1) - 2 (+1) - 69 (+5) 3


TRANSFER INFORMATION:

DATE IN/OUT TRANSFER DETAIL
2 SEP 2019 IN Shrewsbury Town
(loan)
6 JAN 2020 IN Shrewsbury Town
Undisclosed fee ()
14 MAY 2021 OUT (released)
5 AUG 2021 IN (unattached)


full name

Anthony Paul Shaun Andrew Daure Grant


 JAMAICA
international apps

3 apps(3 apps whilst at Swindon) 


 ENGLAND
U-19 international apps

2 apps
U-17 international apps

2 apps
U-16 international apps

1 apps

date of birth
4 June 1987

age
34


             
             
             
           
             
             

usual positions
defensive central midfield

youth career
Chelsea

senior career
Chelsea
Oldham Athletic (loan)
Wycombe Wanderers (loan)
Luton Town (loan)
Southend United (loan)
Stevenage
Crewe Alexandra
Port Vale
Peterborough United
Shrewsbury Town
SWINDON TOWN (loan)
SWINDON TOWN