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Young Defender in the Building

8 August 2019

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MANAGER Ryan Lowe is delighted to have added a player with not only an excellent footballing pedigree to his Pilgrims squad, but the right attitude, too.

Josh Grant, a right-sided defender from Chelsea, has joined Argyle on a six-month loan deal, providing additional competition in the Pilgrims’ back-line.

“He’s had a fully fit pre-season, and comes highly recommended from good sources,” said Lowe on Thursday, shortly after Grant’s loan deal was announced. “I spoke to the lad on the phone, he’s a good kid. I told him what I want, what we’re about, and he couldn’t wait to get here.”

Grant has Sky Bet League Two experience, having played games for Yeovil Town in the competition last season. As far as Lowe is concerned, his acquisition provides some much-needed cover in central defence, where the Pilgrims only had four senior professionals, plus first-year pro Mike Peck, competing for three starting berths.

“He’s another body who is going to challenge. We felt it was important that we got that cover,” said Lowe. “He’s going to challenge and make competition even harder and that’s what we want.

“He’s a right-sided centre-half who can play right wing-back. He’s been highly recommended, and won quite a lot of trophies with Chelsea under-23’s. He’s had a spell on loan in League Two last season [with Yeovil Town] – played a few games and then got injured.”

The Pilgrims’ manager feels that, now that Grant has signed, he is unlikely to make any further acquisitions to his first-team squad, which began its Sky Bet League Two campaign with a thumping 3-0 win at Crewe Alexandra last weekend. However, he has an open mind, and would not rule out making a move for the right player, should he become available.

“That should be it. But, we’ll never say no because something might pop up. It’s got to be the right fit; we’re not just going to get anyone in the building.”


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