Blackpool are set to battle Exeter City and Bolton Wanderers for the signature of former Coventry City defender Jack Grimmer, as reported by Coventry Live.
The 25-year-old had looked poised to return to Scotland after falling down the pecking order with the Sky Blues, but it seems he’s also coveted by a host of clubs who have seen his talents first hand.
He was part of the Coventry City side that defeated Exeter in the 2018 League Two play-off final, but has struggled to establish himself in Mark Robins’ plans following that promotion and was released at the end of last season.
The full back began his career with Aberdeen and after just a handful of appearances was snapped up by Fulham, then of the Premier League. He earned caps for Scotland from Under 15 level up to Under 21, but couldn’t press on with the Cottagers. The move caused some controversy and even resulted in him speaking out against the Twitter trolls who abused him on social media.
After a loan spell with Port Vale and three with Shrewsbury, he moved to Coventry where he won the EFL Trophy in 2017 as well as promotion in 2018.
If it’s Bolton and Exeter that are joining Blackpool in the race, they have to be favourites. Exeter can only offer League Two football and the lack of stability at Bolton has to be a worry.
Blackpool are a club on the up and surely an attractive prospect. It’s also closer to Scotland, albeit not actually a move to the SPFL, but it may be a consideration.
I was very surprised he didn’t feature more for Coventry, I’ve always admired Grimmer and felt he’s got the right attributes to be a huge success with a good run of games.
This would be a very shrewd move indeed by Simon Grayson, especially as Grimmer is still young enough to make an impact both domestically and maybe even for Scotland.