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Grandison's return welcomed by boss

5 December 2013

GT looking forward to Jermaine's return to fitness

Graham Turner says the return to the club of Jermaine Grandison will give him greater selection options for the rest of the season.

The Shrewsbury Town manager is pleased to have agreed a return to the Greenhous Meadow for the popular defender who had turned down the offer of a new contract in the summer.

Grandison has signed a deal for the rest of the season with the club having an option for another season.
   
"We've got an option of him being a right back or a central defender," said Graham. "The lad can play the game, he's got good ability, everybody can see that.

"Jermaine is a decent lad, there's no doubt about that. He's popular with the crowd, he's popular in the dressing room and he's got a good personality, so I've no worries about him coming back into the fold."  

Casting his mind back over the chain of events which led to Grandison's departure and subsequent return, Graham added: "He had an injury last season that required surgery. At the end of the season we made him an offer of a new contract which he declined.

"Part of our contractural obligation, although his contract had expired, was that we had to supervise his recovery, his rehabilitation, all the medical expenses and so on.

"He's had surgery on his hip and he's worked hard through a programme we've given him. He's been here fairly frequently recently and we decided to sit down and talk again.

"We've agreed a contract until the end of the season with the club having an option for a further period of one season.

"He played in the reserves on Tuesday and did well for 45 minutes.

"He's joined in with the rest of the lads probably five or six times so he's beginning to get his football sharpness  now after all the hard work he's done on his own.

"We hope in probably three weeks time that he'll be back in contention for a first team place.

"What he can bring to the side, as supporters will know, he's got ability. I think they've taken to him and they enjoyed watching him play over the period he was in the first team for his step overs, his little tricks.

"We've always thought his best position will be as a central defender. Most of the time here he's played at full back and got forward and made an impact on games. We hope that will continue."


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