Grant adjusting to life with Stevenage

MIDFIELDER Anthony Grant may have only joined Stevenage this summer from Southend United, but he already feels at home with his new team-mates.

The 25-year-old made more than 120 league appearance for the Shrimpers over the past four seasons and will bring some bite to the Boro midfield.

He told The Comet: “There’s a lot of new lads, but everyone has made me feel welcome and I feel like I’ve known them for a year already.

“The boys are getting used to each other, training together and getting to know each other’s game.”

Grant will already know fellow Boro new boys Lee Hills, as he played on loan at Southend last season, and Anthony Furlonge, who also joined from the Essex club.

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Last season they helped Paul Sturrock’s Southend reach the League 2 play-offs where they were beaten by Crewe Alexandra in the semi-final stage.

Of his decision to reject a contract extension at Roots Hall and move to The Lamex Stadium on a free transfer, Grant said: “It was difficult to leave there, but after we didn’t get promoted I wanted a new challenege.

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“Stevenage offered me that opportunity and I grabbed it with both hands.

“We are always looking to improve, we got near the play-offs last year, the Gaffer’s brought in more players so hopefully they can push us further to that line.”

As a holding midfield player Grant is likely to play in front of Stevenage’s well established centre-back partnership of skipper Mark Roberts and Jon Ashton.

“We have the defensive rock of those two who know each other’s game,” said Grant. “But there’s other people the Gaffer’s brought in like young Bondz N’Gala that can player centre-back as well and other players that can affect the game and hopefully as a team we can prove that.”

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