Jonathan Grant Set To Stay In CPL
One of the Canadian Premier League’s original players won’t be exiting the league following his departure from York United.
Guyana international Jonathan Grant will remain in Canada’s top flight, securing an intra-league move for himself just one year after crossing 905 Derby lines to sign with York United.
The versatile defender tallied 17 appearances for the Nine Stripes last season, though he missed part of the campaign through injury. Despite that, the 30-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough with the Guyana national team and is now set for a sixth season of CPL action – though the destination club is unclear.
The three-time CPL champion had had a tough go with injuries throughout his years in the league, but still accrued some 55 appearances for Forge between 2019 and 2022, including eleven in continental action.
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 orange.
He’s made six appearances for Guyana following his debut last March, the most recent coming in a Concacaf Nations League 6-0 win over Antigua and Barbuda.
While York had moved to retain Grant, a contract breakdown saw him depart the club before securing his next move within Canada’s top flight.
While Grant has mostly been used as a centre-back and right-back of late, there were some occasions from his Forge days where he played as a dual-sided winger, so it’ll be interesting to see how his next side engages his versatility.
He isn’t the only former York United player to make an intra-league move, with goalscoring hero Kevin Dos Santos set to land with another CPL team, while defenders Tass Mourdoukoutas and Paris Gee have already signed for Valour and Vancouver FC respectively and Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare made a shock move out east.
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