Swindon Town boss Richie Wellens is keen to extend the loan of Shrewsbury Town midfielder Anthony Grant as reported by the Swindon Advertiser.
Grant has quickly established himself as a key man for Wellens, making ten appearances for the Robins so far, adding guile, experience and aggression to the Robins midfield in a decent start to their League Two campaign.
The thirty-two-year-old arrived at the County Ground in the summer carrying some baggage after being frozen out at his parent club and forced to train with the reserves. However, he appears happy in Wiltshire, and his performances have impressed Wellens who is keen to extend his deal with the club in January while stressing he has other options up his sleeve should Shrewsbury decide to recall the schemer. He said: ‘I would love to keep Anthony, but if not, I will have a Plan B.’
‘He is a good footballer, experienced, keeps the game simple, knows his position very well and gets around the pitch.’
Wellens was speaking in the wake of Swindon’s 4-0 win away at Crawley at the weekend, a game in which Grant produced another outstanding display, dictating the pace of the game and contributing the assist for Eoin Doyle’s opening goal.
The fifth placed Robins host struggling Walsall on Saturday, three points behind leaders Crewe having played a game more.
Grant is too good for League Two, and his performances under Wellens are proving that fact.
It would be a real boost for the Robins promotion hopes if they can extend his initial loan deal, but Wellens won’t be the only manager eyeing a move for the midfielder in January.
Grant may have burnt his bridges at Shrewsbury, but other clubs further up the food chain may be willing to take a punt on the controversial playmaker once the window opens and the Shrews may look to cash in..
However, our advice to Grant would be, if you are happy at Swindon, sign for another six months and then review your options, Swindon could be a League One club by then.