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Ontario Hat Trick: Jonathan Grant Nets Atletico Ottawa Deal

By on February 16, 2024 0 1483 Views

Less than a week after we confirmed Jonathan Grant was staying in the CPL, his next destination has revealed itself.

The Guyana international has signed with Atletico Ottawa on a two-year deal, with the club describing him as a versatile addition to its back line.

“We are delighted to have Jonny Grant in our squad, a player with a great track record and who will give us high levels of defensive reliability,” said head coach Carlos Gonzalez.

Grant also makes history as the first Canadian Premier League athlete to play for all three of the league’s Ontario-based clubs.

York United Jonathan Grant
Photo Credit: John Jacques

The versatile defender comes to the nation’s capital as a three-time CPL champion who will be hoping for a clean bill of health: he’s had his fair share of injures in every CPL season, though he still accrued 55 appearances for Forge and was good for 17 with York United last season.

Last season also saw him him break through with the Guyana national team, for whom he’s made six appearances. His last came last November in a 6-0 thrashing of Antigua and Barbuda.

Forge FC Jonathan Grant
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Sources tell us that the Nine Stripes were keen to keep Grant heading in to 2024, but a breakdown in contract negotiations now sees the defender move east to Ottawa instead. The move reunites Jonathan with former Forge teammates Aboubacar Sissoko and Maxim Tissot, players who know what it takes to win championships.

“When I took my decision to join Ottawa, a big factor for me was what I heard about the team we are putting together,” adds Grant.

“We are putting together a special group that can compete for big things. It’s important to me how well we can compete.“

Prior to his CPL days, Grant had featured for League1 Ontario’s Sigma FC with stints at FC Montreal, Swope Park Rangers, and Swedish side Nykopings BIS preceding his time in Canada’s top flight.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

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