Swansea City midfielder Matt Grimes joins Leeds United on season-long loan
7th July 2016
Swansea City midfielder Matt Grimes has joined Championship side Leeds United on a season-long loan.
The 20-year-old is the second Swan to have made a temporary move to Elland Road within the past week, with defender Kyle Bartley also linking up with Leeds on loan.
England Under-21 international Grimes links up again with former Swans manager Garry Monk, who snapped him up from Exeter in January 2015.
Grimes made four appearances for the Swans last season, which including his first goal for the club in a League Cup win over York along with a first Premier League start in the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace just after Christmas.
He joined Blackburn Rovers two months later, and went on to play 13 times for the Lancashire club in the Championship before helping England Under-21s lift their first Toulon Tournament title in 22 years
Grimes, likened to a young Glenn Hoddle by Tottenham legend and current director of football at Exeter Steve Perryman, made 37 appearances - scoring once - in his first campaign in senior football for his hometown club.
He went on to score four goals in 25 appearances in 2014-15 for the Grecians - three of them from free-kicks - while he also featured for over an hour of the pre-season friendly against the Swans at St James Park earlier in that season.
His form at the League Two club saw him become the first Exeter player to be called up by England Under-20s along with keeper Christy Pym.
Grimes made his debut off the bench for the Swans during the 3-1 win over Hull City in April 2015. He went on to play a further two games for the club before the end of the record-breaking season.
Everyone at Swansea City would like to wish Matt good luck at Leeds for the rest of the season.
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