Shrewsbury Town seal signing of Peterborough midfielder Anthony Grant
Shrewsbury Town have completed the signing of tough-tackling Peterborough midfielder Anthony Grant.
The 31-year-old joins Montgomery Waters Meadow for an undisclosed fee on a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.
He has been a target for Town chief John Askey throughout the summer. Posh director of football Barry Fry claimed earlier in the summer than ex-Port Vale man Grant has turned a Shrewsbury move down.
The midfielder had a year to run on his London Road deal.
The experienced and physical midfield man has made more than 500 professional appearances in his career, which has spanned more than a decade.
Ex-Chelsea trainee Grant, who also lists Southend and Crewe as his former clubs, insisted that it was pleasing to feel wanted as Town pursued his signature for a significant period of the summer.
“It has been a long time but finally it’s been done and I’m happy," said Grant.
“It’s been going on for quite a while now, back and forth, me, my agent, the gaffer, the two chairmen, but finally it’s been done.
“The gaffer, the chief exec and the chairman were obviously very interested and that shows that they want me and like my ability, which is a massive plus. It’s a massive plus when you’re liked and you’re wanted.”
Grant is a defensive-minded central midfielder who keeps the ball ticking over and enjoys a tackle.
He does not see joining Shrewsbury late on in the window as a burden on his chances force his way into Askey's first-team thoughts and feature regularly.
Grant is Town's eleventh signing of the summer and joins midfield additions such as Josh Laurent, Doug Loft and Charlie Colkett.
He continued: “We will wait and see about that (starting against Bradford), I’ve got to have a word with the Gaffer in a minute and go from there.
“I haven’t played any games because of the situation I was in and it was a bit awkward, but I’ve been in this situation before, where I’ve signed late, played the games and gone from strength to strength throughout the season, so if the gaffer needs me then he knows that I will play."