Grimes: The right place and time

7th November 2018
First team

Matt Grimes is looking to make up for lost time at Swansea City after signing a new contract.

The midfielder has put pen to paper on a deal which ties him to the club until the summer of 2022.

He becomes the third Swans player to agree a new contract this week as he follows in the footsteps of Joe Rodon and Jay Fulton.

This season has proved a big turnaround in fortunes for Grimes’ career at the Liberty, with the 23-year-old featuring 16 times under Graham Potter.

He had played just seven times prior to that since joining the club from Exeter City in January 2015.

Loan spells with Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Northampton Town followed, but now Grimes finds himself as a prominent member of the squad.

And he is delighted to have committed himself to a club which he feels is heading in the right direction.

“It’s been a good start to the season for me and I’m delighted to have put pen to paper,” said Grimes, who has featured in midfield and as a left-back this term.

“It’s a really exciting time for the football club and I think we are getting back to where we want to be. We are starting to play the Swansea style of football again and it’s great to be a part of that.

“It’s the right time and place for me. Three-and-a-half years ago I really wanted to make it here.

“That hasn’t happened for whatever reason until now.

“This is the start of my Swansea career. I’d not played much for Swansea before this season, but now I’m getting a run of games and feeling part of the team and the club and that is a big boost. That, along with the support of the fans, has been massive for me.

“The manager has been brilliant with me, as he has been with the whole squad.

“There is a real good feel about the club and it’s something I want to be a part of.”