By Will Butcher
Leeds have signed promising Swansea central midfielder Matt Grimes on a season-long loan, it was announced on Thursday morning.
Garry Monk has been reunited with his second player from the Liberty Stadium just days after signing Kyle Bartley on loan.
England Under-21 international Grimes was signed by Monk in January 2015 for a fee of £1.8million from League Two side Exeter, after winning Player of the Year in his first season at St. James’ Park.
Leeds announced on their official website that Grimes will now join up with the rest of Monk’s squad, who are currently in Ireland preparing for pre-season friendlies against Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne.
The 20-year-old has followed centre-back Bartley in making the trip up north from the Liberty Stadium and becomes Monk’s fifth summer signing in what has been a whirlwind 10 days.
Marcus Antonsson, Hadi Sacko and ex-England international Rob Green have also put pen to paper at Elland Road.
Grimes spent the second-half of this season on loan at Ewood Park, where he amassed 13 appearances and conjured up two assists.
He has also appeared four times for Swansea, as well as captaining the England Under-20s, and Grimes was delighted to sign with what he described ‘a big club’.
He told the Leeds website: “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.
“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.”
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