The 2014/15 campaign is shaping up to be a pretty productive one for a man contracted to out-of-sorts Blackpool.
With it clear that opportunities would be limited at Bloomfield Road – even when all of Blackpool’s squad issues have been taken into account – the 24-year-old forward jumped at the chance to link up with Shrewsbury Town in October 2014.
An initial one-month spell was extended through to the New Year and, following a brief return to the North West, Grant was back on a deal through to the end of the season in January.
It is easy to see why the Shrews were eager to keep him on, and why the former Scunthorpe United and Rochdale frontman was open to turning his back on his parent club.
March proved to be a standout month for Grant, with the Liverpudlian netting five times – including some spectacular efforts – to help push the Shrews ever closer to automatic promotion out of the fourth tier and himself to a prestigious Player of the Month award.
Discussing how things have gone during a phone interview with HITC Sport, Grant said: “The main thing is the team. I wouldn’t have won this without my teammates. To get the award is an added bonus. At the end of the day, I want the team to do well – myself, the team, the staff and everyone involved. Getting this award, it’s not just about me scoring, I wouldn’t have done that without my teammates and I want to thank them for what they have done this season.
“It’s the business end of the season now and we’ve managed to get on a run of results that have put us in a great position for promotion. It’s a team effort – the staff and the team as a whole – and we want to keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully we can all be rewarded at the end of the season with the main aim, which is to go up.”
For Grant, a man with plenty of Football League experience to his name, playing regularly was a must after being deemed surplus to requirements at Blackpool.
In many ways – given how their season has imploded – the Seasiders’ loss has been Shrewsbury’s gain, with there now every chance that a permanent move will be made in the summer.
He added: “It was a great opportunity for me to come and play and to be part of a successful team, which is hopefully what I’m going to have at the end of the season. As I said, I thank the staff, my teammates and everyone else for the season I’ve had. If it wasn’t for them I would obviously still be sitting somewhere at Blackpool.
“I have always said that I needed to get away and play. My opportunities at Blackpool were very few and far between and I’ve come here to play football. I’ve started enjoying my football again and that has shown in the performances that I’ve put in.
“I’d love to stay at Shrewsbury, I’ve said that since I’ve come in. It’s a great club to be a part of and if the manager, the staff and the chairman want me to stay, then we can sit down in the summer.”
Grant has no regrets, though, at how his time at Blackpool has gone, even when taking into account his lack of game time and the struggles that have been endured by the club on and off the field.
He said: “It was a decision that I had to make for myself because to play Championship football, going off the back of scoring 18 for Rochdale, it was a no-brainer for myself. But, at the end of the day, you can’t have regrets in this game, and I certainly haven’t got any about Blackpool. But it’s just nice to come to Shrewsbury this season and be part of a successful team that wants to do well and are hungry to win things.”
Given that they sit just one point behind table-topping Burton Albion with five fixtures remaining, there is every chance that the Shrews and Grant will be lifting silverware this term – a situation which stands in stark contrast to that being played out at Blackpool.
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