Port Vale v Shrewsbury Town preview: Anthony Grant is not relishing Vale Park return
Anthony Grant is in no rush to re-introduce himself to his former supporters in the Potteries tonight.
Port Vale are one of the bruising midfielder’s 10 professional clubs and Grant made his feelings known about a trip to Vale Park in the Checkatrade Trophy tonight.
Grant, 31, recalls his reception from Vale fans when he made his Peterborough debut – just days after swapping one club for the other.
He could be involved tonight for Sam Ricketts’ Shrewsbury, who are three victories from a consecutive Wembley final, though the Meadow boss is expected to make changes.
When asked if a Vale return was one to look forward to, Grant replied: “No.
“I’ll honest, no. I don’t want to go back there, I’ll be honest.
“It’ll be good to go to the Britannia (in the FA Cup replay against Stoke next week), but no, I’m not going to lie to you.
“It was very good there first season and second season.
“Obviously a club more ambitious (came). I won every award the first season there and played well until I got my move.
“My first game back was against them there and they wanted to boo me. We won 3-0 anyway.”
The Chelsea youngster made 69 appearances across his 18 months between 2015 and 2017 for the Valiants.
Grant has been one of Shrewsbury’s most consistent performers this season since his summer move from Peterborough.
The midfielder’s Town deal is up this summer with the option of extending for another season.
He stressed there will not be any points to prove when stepping foot back in Staffordshire tonight.
He added: “There’s no points to prove. Everyone knows what I do. There’s no points to prove wherever I go.
“Everyone knows my ability, what I bring to the team. I’ll just do me.
“Last time I went there we won 3-0, it is what it is.”
The midfielder bruiser has won plenty of supporters during his six months in Shropshire so far.
He is often last off the Montgomery Waters Meadow pitch after clapping the fans and giving away various pieces of kit, including his shirt and boots.
But Grant reserved a special shout out to his ‘number one fan’ Zoe, who turns seven today.
For a physical player who enjoys destroying opposition attacks, Grant shows his softer side with such remarks.
He added: “I’ve obviously got my number one fan, Zoe, a little girl, and happy birthday to her, that’s today.
“The fans have taken to me very well. It’s good. You want to settle wherever you go. It’s been nice.
“She’s turning seven. She’s a fan that sends me Christmas cards and stuff, I gave her my shirts and my boots. She’s just happy really.”
And if Shrews can win and take another step towards Wembley tonight, Zoe really will have had the perfect present.