Dream comes true for Grimes
5th April 2015
Matt Grimes revealed it was a "dream come true" after making his Barclays Premier League debut in the Swans' win over Hull.
The England Under-20 international, who arrived from League Two club Exeter City in January, came off the bench for the final few minutes of Saturday's 3-1 victory against the Tigers.
And Grimes, who came on in place of Jonjo Shelvey, was bursting with pride after getting his first taste of the English top flight.
"I loved it out there. It was my dream to play in the Premier League and thankfully I've done it," said the midfielder.
"After making your debut the next step is making your full debut. I just hope to keep pushing on, keep training well, and hopefully see where it takes me.
"It's a little bit surreal still as I've not really been given time to think over the last couple of months, but I'm just taking it in my stride and enjoying it as much as I can."
Grimes had been part of the Swans squad for the 1-0 win at Southampton in February, but was an unused substitute at St Mary's.
The youngster has regularly been part of Garry Monk's first-team training sessions, while he has also featured for the club's under-21 team.
And he feels his debut shows the progress he has made since moving from the fourth tier to the top level of English football.
"Getting used to the lads and the jump up from League Two to the Premier League took some time, but . I feel I'm getting stronger and learning more and more from different players every day.
"Even coming to watch a game you can tell it's another level of quality and physicality. The pace is phenomenal.
"So I've had to prepare myself for that as well as having to be physically stronger to play in the premier League and I think I did alright on Saturday."