'I was always going to come back': Rumoured Blackpool target pledges future to Swindon Town

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Anthony Grant insists it was always his intention to re-sign for Swindon Town despite Blackpool’s rumoured interest.
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The midfielder has signed a fresh one-year deal with the Robins to keep him at the County Ground until June 2021.

The 33-year-old was linked with a move to Bloomfield Road last month after being filmed in Manchester in an Instagram video alongside new Blackpool signings Keshi Anderson and Jerry Yates.

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All three were team-mates at Swindon last season, Yates on loan from Rotherham United.

But the former Chelsea youngster has opted to stay with Richie Wellens’ men after being voted the club’s player of the season last term.

“I’m excited, it’s been a few weeks but the gaffer knew that he had my word and now I’ve signed,” Grant said.

“I was always going to come back. I’ve had some time to relax, spent some time with the family, so there were other elements, but I was always coming back.

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Grant has opted to remain with SwindonGrant has opted to remain with Swindon
Grant has opted to remain with Swindon

“The fans have been patient, the management team have been patient and I’m happy I’ve come through the door again.”

Grant, who will line up against the Seasiders in League One next season, joined the Robins on a short-term contract in January after enjoying an initial loan spell from Shrewsbury Town.

The former Chelsea youngster has around 500 EFL appearances to his name, including spells with Southend United, Crewe Alexandra, Port Vale and Peterborough United. The Londoner played 30 times for Swindon in League Two last season.

The Seasiders will still be keen to bring in midfield reinforcements with only Matty Virtue and the untested Ben Garrity and Will Antwi capable of playing in the centre of the park.