Grimes ready to make a mark

31st August 2018
First team

More than three years into his Swansea City career, Matt Grimes believes he can finally fulfil his talent at the Liberty.

The midfielder arrived in South West Wales in January 2015 with a growing reputation following some hugely impressive performances for Exeter City.

He made three Premier League appearances before the season was out, while he played four times – scoring once – the following campaign before joining Blackburn Rovers on loan.

A season-long loan at Leeds United saw Grimes make just 11 appearances during 2016-17, but a happier spell followed as he played 47 times – scoring four goals – for League One club Northampton Town last season.

His experience with the Cobblers saw Grimes return to his parent club having regained confidence.

And the 23-year-old has made himself part of Graham Potter’s plans this season, with Grimes having played in five of the club’s six games so far.

“I feel like my Swansea career hasn’t really kickstarted yet,” said Grimes, who hopes to feature for the Swans in Saturday’s trip to Millwall.

“I’ve had some games here and there, but I’m ready to take my opportunity and show what I can do.

“I didn’t really know what to expect having been out on loan for the past two seasons.

“I was at Northampton last season and got a lot of games under my belt. It raised my confidence and when I came back with a new manager here I felt it was a new opportunity.

“Hopefully I’m doing enough for him to keep selecting me – whether that’s off the bench or from the start – because I’m ready to take the opportunity when it comes.

“The gaffer has given me a lot of confidence by ensuring I have been involved in all the games so far. The fact I have already played more games this season for Swansea than I have in past campaigns is a good sign.

“He has shown trust in me, so I want to repay him with good performances.”