Matt Grimes becomes United's fifth summer signing...
We are delighted to announce the signing of Swansea City midfielder Matt Grimes on a season-long loan.
Grimes, an England Under-21s international, follows team-mate Kyle Bartley in making the switch to Elland Road this summer and becomes our fifth new addition of the current transfer window.
The 20-year-old, who spent time on loan in the Championship with Blackburn Rovers last season, will now join United’s pre-season training camp in Ireland after putting pen to paper on Wednesday evening.
“It’s a great feeling,” Grimes told leedsunited.com. “This was a no-brainer for me – it's such a big club and we’re looking to have a really strong season.
“I’m really excited to come here and play football – that’s the aim for me this season. Coming here gives me a really good chance to do that at a high level.
“Garry Monk and Pep Clotet were really good to me when I was at Swansea. They helped me a lot and nurtured me when I was a young player coming through, so it will be great to work with them again.
“I’m really looking forward to getting going. I can’t wait to get to Ireland, start training and get some games under my belt – which is what pre-season is all about.”
Grimes was originally taken to Swansea by new United boss Garry Monk in January 2015 after catching the eye with hometown club Exeter City.
The midfielder was crowned the Grecians’ Player of the Year following his debut season at St James Park and, despite completing his move to the Liberty Stadium midway through the following campaign, Grimes' displays earned him a place in the 2014/15 League Two PFA Team of the Year.
His first international honours also came during his year-and-a-half in the Exeter first-team, earning the first of his 13 England Under-20s caps.
Grimes made his Swansea debut in the Premier League as a late substitute in April 2015’s 3-1 victory over Hull City and went on to score his first senior goal for the club in last season's League Cup win at home to York City.
Earlier this year he joined Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers for the remainder of the campaign and went on to make 12 league appearances for the Ewood Park side.
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