Having already bolstered his squad by bringing in eight players this summer, Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has now completed the signing of Joshua Grant from Chelsea.
Confirmed by the club’s website, the 20-year-old defender has joined the Pilgrims on loan until January from the Blues and could make his debut for his new side when they Colchester United at Home Park on Saturday.
Grant spent the second-half of the previous campaign on loan at Yeovil Town, making eight appearances in League Two for the club.
Although predominately a central defender, Grant is also capable of playing as a full-back as well as a defensive midfielder and thus should be able to offer Plymouth a great deal of versatility this season.
Whereas he has still yet to represent Chelsea at senior level, the defender has excelled for their youth sides in recent years having won the English Youth League with the Under-18’s and the UEFA Youth League with the Under-19’s.
When you consider that Plymouth conceded a mammoth total of 80 goals last season in the third-tier, it was clear that Lowe had to find a solution for this particular issue this summer following the club’s return to League Two.
Having already brought in defender Will Aimson from Bury, the 40-year-old could very well have a real gem on his hands in the form of Grant.
Already an England under-20 international, Grant will be determined to prove himself for Plymouth having failed to help Yeovil avoid the drop to the National League earlier this year.
However, with Gary Sawyer, Niall Canavan and Scott Wootton all putting in solid performances as part of Lowe’s back three last Saturday against Crewe Alexandra, the Chelsea loanee will need to be on top form from the outset if he is to immediately break into the Pilgrims’ starting eleven.