First-year pro is fans’ choice for club award
Grecians midfielder Matt Grimes was announced at our final home fixture as the fans’ choice for the Player of the Year award for 2013/14.
The award caps an impressive inaugural season for the 18-year-old. It came as something of a surprise to see his name amongst the starting XI against AFC Wimbledon back in August, but Grimes didn’t look remotely out of place as he set the tempo in a 2-0 win for the Grecians.
Grimes has gone on to feature a further 35 times for Exeter in the first team, and his first pro goal for the Grecians came courtesy of a free-kick in front of a bumper crowd at Chesterfield.
Matt also played a pivotal role in the under-21 side that reached the quarter-final of the Under-21 Premier League Cup, knocking out Crystal Palace, Southampton and Blackburn Rovers on the way.
Speaking to Kirky on Kellow’s Bootlaces, Matt said: “I’m pleased to have broken through and get games under my belt, which is the most important thing as a young lad.
“The most important thing was the team staying safe, but it’s a great bonus to win the award in my first season – I’m really pleased with that.
“My target at the start of the season was five to ten games and to get a feel for League 2 football, and maybe to break in next season. So I couldn’t be happier with the way things have gone and I hope to keep improving and keep impressing.”
Matt will be formally presented with his trophy as part of the End of Season Awards at the ‘Road to Rio’ Gala Ball on Sunday 4th May, which takes place in the Grand Marquee at St James Park. Tickets are available until 5pm on Wednesday and are priced at £49+VAT per person or £450+VAT per table of ten. To book or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.