Matt Grimes | If I have success, I want it to be with Swansea City

18th August
First team

Captain Matt Grimes says his belief in where Swansea City is heading and his desire to bring success to the club played a key part in his decision to extend his contract through to the end of June 2027.

The 28-year-old midfielder’s deal had been due to expire in 2025, but this agreement secures the long-term future of a player who has been with the Swans since 2015, and has skippered the team since 2019.

Grimes has been one of the Championship’s most consistent, stand-out performers over the course of the last five seasons, and the influential playmaker was delighted to further extend his family’s stay in SA1.

But he also spoke of how his confidence in the work the club has done over the course of the summer, and the strength of feeling he has for Swansea City, were driving factors in him putting pen to paper.

“I am over the moon, me and my family could not be happier. We love the club, love the city and love the community. I am just delighted to get it done.

"In my career, if I am going to have top, top success, I want that to be with Swansea,” he said.

“There has been a lot of change at the club over the summer but I hope everyone can see it has been a positive.

“The signings we are making shows our intent. We are bringing in young, hungry players who want to prove themselves in this division, and hopefully take the club back to where it belongs.

“I feel you need mainstays in those projects and I am glad to be one of them because that helps to drive the culture at the club and I am just delighted to be part of it.

“I would not be sat here having committed the next four years to the club if I did not feel positive about what we are doing here.

Matt Grimes 2027

“It is going to take a bit of time for us to play the way the manager wants us to play, we have had a few different managers over the last few years and you’ve been able to see in those situations that things have taken time.

“I am looking forward to us continuing to grow as a group, learning every day, every training session and every game. We need to learn quickly, but I feel the future is bright.”

Along with the likes of Jay Fulton and Kyle Naughton, Grimes is among the longest-serving players in the first-team squad.

He made his 250th appearance for Swansea against Hull City back in April, and he could potentially join the 300 club before the end of the current campaign.

He is also rapidly closing in on 200 games as captain and, having arrived as a 19-year-old when he signed from Exeter, Grimes is proud of his longevity.

But he is already looking to the next game, and Saturday’s home meeting with Coventry City at the Stadium.

“When you talk about figures like that, I find it unbelievable,” he said.

Matt Grimes 2027

“I probably will reflect on it more at the end of my career, but I was saying to my family the other day that I could remember signing my first contract through to 2019, and thinking what a long time that was.

“Now we are sat here talking about 2027, which is something I could never have dreamed of, so I am made up.

“But I still think about things in terms of the next game, we know we need to offer more from the start of games and that is what we will be aiming to do on Saturday.

“I am sure there will be a good atmosphere and it will be a good game and give us the chance to get our first league win of the season.”