Grant could make Doncaster move permanent

Monday 20 February 2017  16 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton have apparently struck an agreement with Doncaster Rovers for the transfer of Conor Grant at the end of his current loan period.

The 21-year-old is enjoying his second temporary spell with the Yorkshire club after spending time at Keepmoat Stadium last season. He was handed a squad number by Ronald Koeman at the start of the current campaign but was earmarked for more time out on loan to further his development.

The Liverpool Echo are reporting, however, that Doncaster have agreed an option to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis if Grant is willing come the end of the season.

Donny are in pole position at the moment to return to the Championship and their Chief Executive, Gavin Baldwin, hopes that promotion would help tip Grant's thoughts in their favour.

“The finances are informally agreed.

“It would be structured over 12 months," he said. "There would be cash up front, cash after 12 months and other incentives such as promotion bonuses, win bonuses and sell-on clauses built into it."  

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Phil Sammon
1 Posted 20/02/2017 at 08:09:36
I know they can't all make it, but I really hoped this lad would. He reminds me of Gareth Barry. Hopefully he can press on and make a success of himself whatever happens.
Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 20/02/2017 at 08:33:16
Start doing a Barcelona, then Phil, and put some kind of clause into the contracts, just in case they push on?

If he is still at Everton, approaching 21, then it's obvious the club, must think he's a good player. But I think you need to be playing proper competitive football, to really improve, so good luck to the lad.

David Ellis
3 Posted 20/02/2017 at 08:33:27
He's fallen behind in the pecking order in midfield as Davies has emerged and Schneiderlin and Gueye signed. It's a sign of our strength – but good luck to the lad, I wish him well.
Derek Thomas
4 Posted 20/02/2017 at 09:52:50
Probably for the best – for both parties. Forshaw went 'down' a grade or two and is now back in the Premier League.
Mark Hughes
5 Posted 20/02/2017 at 10:13:02
A knife-through-butter through ball by Grant was picked up by substitute Alfie May who slotted the ball past goalkeeper.

Conor Grant's dangerous delivery into the area found centre-back Baudry, who slid the ball home for his first goal for the club.

Len Hawkins
6 Posted 20/02/2017 at 12:10:32
Jags was shown the door but got stuck in and came back, got into the England squad scored a few goals (inc OG's) made a few bob. So all is not lost for the lad if he does go for 1st team football lower down the leagues.
Dan Humphrey
7 Posted 20/02/2017 at 12:45:48
'Donny are in pole position at the moment to return to the Championship'

Except they are in League 2 so they'd have to get a double promotion....

Mike Allen
8 Posted 20/02/2017 at 14:41:54
Its a crying shame players like Grant are not given the same chance as some of these foreign mercenaries that are panic buys in the transfer windows and end up littering the sub benches throughout the top divisions.
Peter Gorman
9 Posted 20/02/2017 at 15:46:53
Grant is a fairly typical youth product of the academy – a technically sound footballer. On the few occasions I've seen him play a full match for the reserves, he was pretty underwhelming compared to his younger teammates, being content to go through the motions. Struck me as having little drive to make it but then seemed to find his groove during his first loan to Doncaster.

Best of luck to him; as mentioned, he could find his way back to the top like Adam Forshaw. Indeed there are many parallels with Forshaw, not least the fact they probably just aren't good enough to play for Everton.

Phil Smith
10 Posted 20/02/2017 at 15:56:53
Yes, I also think this might be a good move for the lad. He's looked good whenever I've watched Donny. Great range of passing and a decent striker of the ball from distance.

I also saw Lundstram have a blinder against 'Brough the other day (but Ledson certainly did not). He's beginning to become the player he looked at 17. Maybe Grant will develop the same way.

Michael Kenrick
11 Posted 20/02/2017 at 16:01:42
For some reason, the conversation here got me thinking about Danny Fox, who I thought was making the grade in the Premier League with Southampton in recent seasons.

He's been around the houses since leaving us for Walsall 12 years ago(!) after the obligatory loan spells at Gateshead and Stranraer. Spent three seasons with the Saints and got 64 games, which isn't too bad I guess. He's 30 now and playing for Nottm Forest.

Steve Carse
12 Posted 20/02/2017 at 16:17:02
Grant is a good player. A lovely left foot. Got a good brain too. As someone else has said, our youngsters are now starting to crowd each other out of first team opportunities such is the rich vein of young talent at the club. But Grant and others will be assured of professional careers beyond Goodison.
Paul Thompson
13 Posted 20/02/2017 at 18:00:53
He's not only obviously behind Davies, but Walsh and possibly Dowell too. Writing on the wall, so a rational decision. Good luck to him.
Steavey Buckley
14 Posted 20/02/2017 at 18:08:57
The end of the season is going to be very interesting who are going to be retained and those who are allowed to leave.
Peter Gorman
15 Posted 21/02/2017 at 01:36:16
Michael - Danny Fox!? Now there is a blast from the past. Almost 30 is he? I can only picture him as the buck-toothed schoolboy who once found himself on Moyes' bench. Lost track of him after he went to Celtic.

If my memory serves me correct which it probably doesn't, young Fox was on the bench that day with Satan's cousin AKA Anthony Gerrard.

Anthony Dwyer
17 Posted 22/02/2017 at 00:20:30
Tony @ 2.

Spot on mate, we have an abundance of talent, they can't all come through at the same time, so allow some to leave but add a clause allowing ourselves first choice at an agreed fee.

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