Champions player signs loan deal

Last updated : 15 January 2006 By The Chairman
Anthony Grant has signed a one month loan arrangement with Athletic with the possibility of an extension should the deal work out well for both teams. Premiership champions Chelsea agreed to let the 18-year-old midfielder sign the deal. Grant made his Premiership debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford last season in front of 67,000 spectators when Chelsea ran out 1-3 winners and is looking forward to playing regular first-team football. He made an impressive debut for the Latics in the 3-0 loss at Nottingham Forest yesterday.

Grant (nicknamed Judge) was born 4/6/87 in Lambeth, London and has been with Chelsea since the age of nine. He played in the youth team at right-back but later established himself as a holding midfielder in the reserve side and has this season become an England U19 international.

5'-11" and 11st. 3lbs. Grant said, "I am looking forward to first team football and I am delighted to be at Oldham. There is a possibility that the deal could be extended and I would love to go to the Millennium Stadium in the play-offs. I have come here to improve my all-round game and become a better player. The experience will be good for me and, hopefully, for Oldham."

Ronnie Moore said, "All the reports we have had have been top drawer so we decided to take a gamble. I had wanted an experienced midfielder but we had not been able to find one and I am now hoping that Anthony will be able to bring some steel and determination to the side."