Silk­men miss out on Grant

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

MAC­CLES­FIELD have missed out on one of their sum­mer trans­fer tar­gets af­ter Alex Grant joined Aus­tralian side Perth Glory.

The 21-year-old spent last sea­son on-loan with the Silk­men, and man­ager John Askey had hoped to make his sign­ing a per­ma­nent one.

Grant has in­stead de­cided to join Perth though, re­turn­ing to the city where he grew up as a child.

The de­fender made 21 ap­pear­ances for Mac­cles­field last year, scor­ing twice, and he is look­ing for­ward to join­ing the Aus­tralian club.

“I’m re­ally thrilled and ex­cited to be head­ing back to Perth to play in the Hyundai A-League and it’s only fit­ting that I do it in my home town,” he said. “I’ve learnt a lot play­ing in Eng­land for the past five years but it’s time to change tack and push my­self in the do­mes­tic league. It’s a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity and I’m thank­ful to the club for be­liev­ing in me.”

Grant be­gan his youth ca­reer with ECU Joon­dalup SC in Aus­tralia be­fore sign­ing a schol­ar­ship with Portsmouth in 2010. He went on to have loan spells at Eastleigh and Ha­vant & Water­looville.

He was re­leased by Portsmouth in 2013, and snapped up Premier League side Stoke City. He didn’t make an ap­pear­ance for the Pot­ters dur­ing his time there, and ended his spell in Eng­land at the Moss Rose last sea­son.

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