By Full Contact News and Views
Released at aged 18 by his hometown club of Carlisle United, Grant joined non-league Workington before signing for Halifax Town. Short spells in Australia and Singapore sandwiched a loan spell with non-league Barrow, before a dream move back to Carlisle United was scuppered by the club entering administration. Grant had no choice but to return to Barrow, playing whilst working in a local factory, and it was a full two years before he was able to return to the professional game. In March 2003, Sheffield Wednesday signed the 21 year old, who would go on to make 30 appearances for the Owls.
In 2004, however, Grant’s major breakthrough as professional footballer arrived; he signed for Rochdale in League 2, for whom he made 83 appearances and scored 42 goals. Nottingham Forest were suitably impressed, and paid £300,000 to secure Grant’s services in January 2006.
Grant was to make almost 100 appearances for Forest, and after a brief loan spell at Blackpool, he signed for Shrewsbury Town in the summer of 2008 for a club record transfer fee of £170,000. Twenty eight goals that season, including five in one game against Wycombe, prompted Norwich City – recently relegated to League One – to sign Grant.
What followed at Carrow Road soon became the realms of fantasy; three successive player of the season awards, back to back promotions and – finally – in 2011 Grant arrived in the Premier League. Joining the elite group of players to have played in all four professional divisions and also non-league, Grant would leave Norwich City in the summer of 2013 firmly etched in the hearts of all Canary fans as a true club legend. Whilst Grant narrowly missed out on a dream call up to the England squad, tonight he achieves one of the few targets that remained unaccomplished – he makes his European club debut as Wigan Athletic play host to Russian side Rubin Kazan.
From Workington to Wigan, from non-league to Europe, all at Full Contact wish Grant all the very best in his latest adventure.
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