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Former Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant has today made his move to Stoke City from Derby County a permanent one in a £1.3 million transfer. He’s signed a deal with the Potters until the end of the 2018/19 season having impressed during his loan which has seen him make 15 Premier League appearances, the last of them coming last night when they beat Watford 2-0 at the bet365 Stadium.

Grant said today: “It’s a perfect start to the New Year for me, especially on the back of winning the game last night and keeping a clean sheet too.

“I am just so happy to have it all concluded now because I have been trying to work to this moment from the day I made my debut here. To a degree I am still pinching myself to be honest, because six months ago I wasn’t in a great position in terms of how I felt about the game and where I was in my career.

“Thankfully, Stoke City provided me with this opportunity and I have been able to take it with both hands. I am just excited about the future now.”

Grant added: “If you go back three weeks or so there was a point where I wasn’t sure whether Derby County would allow this move to materialise. There was a very real possibility at that point that I could have been looking towards my final game as a Stoke player. I wouldn’t say that I have allowed to affect my performances at all, but I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t on my mind.

“Obviously something like this is really important and for me I was desperate to get it done if I could, but at the same time I knew I had to concentrate on the matches we were involved in.

“As I said earlier, I am just so relieved that everything has been finalised now and I can look forward to getting back to work tomorrow with the rest of my team mates and looking forward to Saturday’s game.”

Grant had a loan spell with Burnley in 2005, playing once as deputy for the suspended Brian Jensen against Leicester and keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win. He then returned to Turf Moor in August 2010 and was first choice goalkeeper for virtually all of the next three seasons, making a total of 122 league and cup appearances.

 

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