By Tom Blackburn
Conor Grant has joined Ipswich on a one-year loan deal from Everton, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Toffees, but scored four goals in 22 games on loan at Doncaster in League One last season.
Everton announced the deal via their website and social media channels, with the club hoping a loan deal will aid Grant’s development.
In an interview with Ipswich Player HD, Grant said he had to be patient while both clubs worked on the terms of the deal and is delighted it has now gone through.
“It’s been in the pipeline for a while now,” Grant said. “I was just waiting on a few things to be sorted out and it got finalised in the week, so I’m really happy to be here.
“I had heard snippets [about a move] for a while, and I’m thankful to the manager for being able to bring me here.
“We had a good training session today [Thursday] and I’ve been welcomed very well by the lads. We’ve trained well and I’m just looking forward to getting going now.”
Grant conventionally operates on the left side of midfield, and has also had a loan spell at Motherwell.
He progressed through the youth ranks at Goodison Park, signing his most recent contract in July to keep him at the club until 2018.
The former England Under-18 international is down the pecking order in the Toffees squad, with senior players Kevin Mirallas, Gerard Deulofeu, Aaron Lennon and Aiden McGeady all operating from out-wide.
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