Matt Grimes

Matt Grimes honoured to lead Swans on homecoming

20th July 2019
First team

Matt Grimes was honoured to be handed the chance to captain Swansea City on his return to hometown club Exeter.

The 24-year-old faced his former club for the first time since sealing his move from St James Park to the Liberty Stadium in January 2015.

Grimes was born and bred in Exeter and was given the armband by head coach Steve Cooper as the Swans continued their 100 per cent record in pre-season on a special afternoon for the playmaker.

"It was a real honour for me, and I was a little bit speechless when the gaffer told me," he said.

Matt Grimes

"I was really happy to do it for the team and hopefully I can be a leader.

"I like to think I lead by example, I am probably not the biggest talker and I tend to leave that to a few of the other lads but I am more than happy to take on any responsibility and lead the team this weekend."

Grimes received a warm welcome from staff and supporters as he made his return to the Devon club, a sign of the high regard he is still held in by the Grecians.

"It was nice to come back here, this is a special place for me," said Grimes.

"It is my hometown club so I don't think I will ever get to a point where I don't know everyone here. So it was nice to come back, and even better that we gave a good account of ourselves."