York United Eyeing Jonathan Grant
It looks like Jonathan Grant is hoping to cross 905 Derby lines following his departure from Forge FC.
The right-back was spotted amongst several other local players at York United’s opening preseason camp, where he’s been described as a serious option to consider for their 2023 season roster.
Grant had made 55 appearances for Forge FC throughout the last four seasons, picking up three North Star Shields while enjoying some high-profile continental action.
He’d missed sections of each of those campaigns through injury, however, with his final campaign in orange seeing him accrue just 77 minutes of game time. With Forge declining his option heading into 2023, a fresh start looked needed for the versatile full-back.
Grant has shown plenty of versatility under Smyrniotis, where he featured just about everywhere – including as a left-sided attacker. With Chrisnovic N’sa having departed, however, one imagines that York United would consider him primarily as a right-back, where he’d offer competition for Paris Gee.
York United have been the fastest team to fill up their 23 available roster spots, however, with only two of them remaining up for grabs (or three, if you don’t count Ronan Kratt during his loan spell with Werder Bremen).
While it remains to be seen if Grant lands a roster spot with York United, he wouldn’t be the first Forge player to cross 905 battle lines: Jace Kotsopoulos did so in 2020 for the Island Games, with Molham Babouli signing with the side last year.
York United will undergo two preseason trips to the USA before kicking off its Canadian Premier League season at home against Valour on April 16.
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