Grant joins the Potters

Grant joins the Potters

Posted on August 10, 2013 in 'News'

Former ECU Joondalup teenage defender Alex Grant is aiming to be a Premier League bolter this season after signing on with Stoke City.   Grant is viewed as a potential challenger to the likes of the regular centre-back pair Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth but the 19-year old insists his first year in England’s top flight will be a steep learning curve.   “This is a big opportunity for me,” Grant told theworldgame.sbs.com.au.   “I signed at the end of last and the new gaffer (Welsh international Mark Hughes) has said he wants to promote youth at the club, so who knows what might happen this season.”

Grant, who was part of Portsmouth’s academy squad before joining Stoke on a two-year deal, says he wouldn’t be where he is today without his junior club, ECU Joondalup.   “Perth is where I really learned everything and it’s where I developed my game,” he said.   “I was there with (Fulham winger) Ryan Williams and I know (Middlesbrough captain) Rhys (Williams) well.  I am also mates with Chris Herd (Aston Villa), Shane Lowry (Millwall) and Jordan Lyden (Aston Villa) and there’s a big West Australian connection there … Joondalup is a great breeding ground and now we’re all trying to make out way over in England.”

Loan spells last season with non-league sides Eastleigh and Havant & Waterlooville brought Grant some much-needed experience but he is now focused on mixing it with the big boys.   “My goal is to progress my game to Premier League level and of course there’s still a lot to learn but hopefully I can get there,” he said.   “My game is all about getting the ball down and playing it out. I’m not really from the old-school of hit and hope … possibly going out on loan at the Championship or League One might do me the world of good but we will see what the club wants to do.”