We are delighted to announce the signing of experienced former Premier League defender Jonathan Grounds following his departure from Swindon Town.
The 33-year-old left back brings with him a wealth of experience to St James Park, having played at all four levels over his 15-year professional career, which began at Middlesbrough.
It was at the Riverside where he made his debut in the top tier against Liverpool, under the guidance of former boss Gareth Southgate. Before his departure from Boro in 2012, Grounds spent time on loan at Norwich City, Hibernian, Chesterfield and Yeovil Town, before a permanent move to Oldham Athletic, then in League One. He played a key part in their famous FA Cup run which saw them beat Nottingham Forest and Liverpool and drawing with Everton.
He then signed for Birmingham City and was an almost ever present in his first two seasons at St Andrews, netting four goals over in 170 appearances spanning six years, where he played as a centre back, left back or wing back. During his time in the Midlands he also spent a season on loan at Bolton Wanderers.
In September 2020 he signed a deal with Swindon Town and played regularly throughout last season, making 33 appearances in all competition.
“We’re a little bit short of experience at the moment so it’s important we brought someone in, not just for the back line but for the squad as a whole,” City boss Matt Taylor said on his new signing.
“He is someone who has generally played at a higher level so he will add an awful lot to what is a young group of men.
“His age is of such that he may not play every minute of every game but I know he wants to get into the coaching side of things as well, but there has got to be a playing value. He’ll bring extra quality and extra control from his experience over the years.”