Grant delighted to extend United stay
Lee Grant has expressed his satisfaction at extending his contract with Manchester United until the end of the 2020/21 season.
The keeper has committed for another year at Old Trafford and is determined to return from an arm injury before the end of the current campaign.
By getting the deal done early, it enables the hard work to continue behind the scenes in the goalkeeping department, with no distractions.
"I love being here and clearly somebody likes me being here also, so it's good to have it sorted," he told us. "I'm just looking forward to being part of next year and part of watching the football club grow and move forward, which for me, has been happening clearly over the last 18 months anyway. But seeing those seeds that have been planted and getting the chance to hopefully see the fruits of that next year will be nice.
“Obviously, I'm very much used to it now because I'm at the tail-end of my career and it's kind of normal to be in those situations [having a contract run down]. It happens in every footballer's life, it's part of it, coming to the end of contracts and time at a football club and not not knowing where you find yourself. So, sometimes, the instability can be unsettling. Fortunately for me, it's another year sorted and it gives me the opportunity to plan ahead and get cracking.
“Of course, I'm not after any sympathy, I don't think anyone else does, but it does throw up challenges when you've got family and living situations to sort out, so I'm delighted to be able to really focus on my work."
Grant is continuing his coaching work as he aims to recover from injury in order to get back playing before 2019/20 is out.
"I try to speak to the coaching staff as much as possible for my own learning as much as anything," he added. "I get to see a lot of the hard work behind the scenes and all of us players are very much in touch with the amount of work that goes into what is given to us.
“We're under no illusions about how much work is going in currently and the planning for next season, going forward already. I'm really pleased to be part of that continued hard work and am looking forward to seeing the results of that in the coming months and years.
“I'm still working hard at the coaching and putting the final touches to my 'A' licence now. It's a good thing being at such a fantastic club that is giving me an opportunity to do that as well, by working with some of the younger players, is something I very much appreciate. I will look to continue that next year as well.
“I've really prided myself throughout my career of being fit and available at all times because that's important for all players to do that as much as possible," he said about his current injury.
“But I've fallen foul of a little bit of bad luck and a small injury ended up being worse than I thought. It's left me with a couple of months for a period of rehab, which is frustrating, but it has to be done.
“It was one of those where you know something is not quite right. I tried to get on with it but, as soon as they had a look inside, it was clear something needed addressing. It's done and it all went well, better than expected.
“That's great so it's just a period of rehab which will hopefully leave me in a good place going into the back-end of the season.”
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