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MICK ON CONOR RETURN

18 November 2016

Boss explains reasons why it's the right call for all to let Grant go back to Everton

Conor Grant has returned to Everton with Mick McCarthy telling the Club website that it’s the best move for the development of the midfielder - and Town’s own youngsters. 

The 21-year-old joined Blues on a season long loan in August but has only made seven appearances for the Club. 

“I felt bad for Conor because he has come to us to play games and although he has had a few appearances, his time on the pitch has been limited.  

“The reality is that he was here to develop his game and that wasn’t happening because he wasn’t getting the time on the pitch he needs at his age.

“It’s not his best position but he can play on the left but Tom Lawrence has nailed down that role. 

“He is better in a three in the middle of the park but we have got a lot of options there and we also have Kundai, Dozzer and Adam McDonnell - who are our players - pushing to be involved now.

“So I spoke to Joe Royle, who looks after the loan players at Everton, and suggested it might be better for all concerned, especially for Conor’s development, if he went back there and played for their U23s.  

“Everton have been great about it, in letting Conor come here in the first place and then understanding the situation and agreeing that it’s best for his development if he goes back there. 

“He’s a top pro, Conor and a good player. He’s a great lad as well. He didn’t ask to go back. It’s my idea and it’s been done because it’s the best thing for all concerned.”   

Grant will remain registered with Town until January but will play for Everton’s U23s until then. 

Kundai and Andre Dozzell are both included in Town’s squad for tomorrow’s match against Nottingham Forest. Kick-off at Portman Road is 5.30pm. Click here for ticket information.   



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