Lincoln City midfielder Jorge Grant has penned a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the club, amidst reports of interest from the Championship.
Nottingham Forest, Swansea, Norwich and Brentford were all thought to be eyeing the 26-year-old, who has 11 goals for the League One leaders this season, but they are all set to be disappointed as he puts pen to paper on a deal which keeps him at the LNER Stadium until the summer of 2023.
Grant joined the Imps in 2019 after being released by Nottingham Forest, having previously appeared on loan for Notts County, Mansfield Town and Luton Town. He took a little time to settle with the Imps, but his career has kickstarted since manager Michael Appleton arrived. This season, Appleton has made Grant vice-captain of the team, and seen his form improve as a result.
“I am delighted, there is huge ambition at the club and the whole structure we have is something I am happy to be a part of,” Grant told Lincoln’s official club website, Jorge said. “I am thankful that the Gaffer has pushed me to make the most out of my potential. It won’t stop now because I want to carry on doing what I have been doing this season. I am really happy at the moment.”
Grant has appeared 71 times for Lincoln, scoring 13 goals, and his form has helped them to the top of League One, where they lead nearest challengers Hull City by three points and have a game in hand.
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This is huge news for Lincoln City fans, who feared losing one of their star men for nothing in the summer. Instead, many will be surprised to see him committing to the club as they hunt an unlikely spot in the Championship.
Just four years ago, Lincoln were in the National League, battling to escape six years stuck in the fifth tier. Now, they’re not only on the cusp of a genuine title challenge in League One, but they are able to retain their best players, with the promise of second-tier football.