Matt Grimes completes transfer to Swansea City

Teenage midfielder steps up to the Premier League

Exeter City midfielder Matt Grimes has completed a transfer to Barclays Premier League side Swansea City.

The 19-year-old moves for an undisclosed but substantial transfer fee, which makes him comfortably the record sale in Exeter City’s history.

Exminster-born Grimes, who first joined club’s the Academy system at the Cat & Fiddle at the age of 10, was offered a professional contract in the summer of 2013 after working his way through the age-groups.  He made his debut in last season’s 2-0 home win against AFC Wimbledon and went on to play a total of 62 times in the Grecians’ first team, scoring five goals.

In addition, Matt was part of the squad that defeated Torquay, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Blackburn to reach the quarter-final of last season’s Under-21 Premier League Cup.  He was named Exeter City’s Player of the Year at the end of 2013/14, his maiden season.

Early this season, Grimes received a first call-up for the England Under-20 squad, providing an assist from a free-kick on his debut against Romania.  He also played 90 minutes against Germany as England won a Four Nation tournament in the Netherlands, and most recently featured against Canada at AFC Bournemouth’s Goldsands Stadium.

The Swans face Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park this weekend, but Grimes will not be eligible to play in that FA Cup tie.  He will first be available for selection to play against West Ham United at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 10th January.

Matt departs Exeter City with the very best wishes for a prosperous career from everyone involved at the club.