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Southend snap up Chelsea's Grant

Southend United

Southend United have completed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Anthony Grant on a free transfer.

The 21-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year contract at Roots Hall.

Grant enjoyed a loan spell with the Shrimpers last season and boss Steve Tilson said that was a key factor in the deal.

Tilson told BBC Essex: "We know what he's about because he was with us last year, so we're not getting anyone we don't know. I think that's important."

Tilson said Grant's versatility was an added attraction: "He can play right-back, right midfield or centre midfield, which is probably his best position.

"But he is quite versatile and with a small squad that's a big thing for us."

Grant started his career at Chelsea as a trainee and made his Blues debut in May 2005 against Manchester United.

He has also had loan spells with Wycombe, Oldham and Luton.

see also
Southend end interest in Clapham
28 Jul 08 |  Southend
Tilson makes left-back a priority
16 Jul 08 |  Southend
Southend sign Grant and Mulgrew
31 Jan 08 |  Southend

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