Matt Grimes


Born in Exeter on July 15, 1995, Matt Grimes was handed his first professional contract in April 2013, before making his City debut in the 2-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon a few months later. The midfielder’s breakthrough season saw him become an integral component of Paul Tisdale’s League Two squad, and he scored his first professional goal on April 18, 2014, in a 1-1 draw at Chesterfield. Soon after, despite Matt's tender age, such was his impact on the team, he was awarded Exeter’s Player of the Season. Matt began the 2014/15 campaign in exciting form, and had scored four times before Christmas. After 58 league appearances for the Grecians, Matt left for Swansea City on January 2, 2015 for around £1.75 million. Despite moving halfway through the season, Matt was still selected for League Two's PFA Team of the Year. Matt was signed with the future in mind, and despite the midfielder making his Swans debut on April 4, 2015, he had loan spells with Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Northampton Town in his early Swansea career. Following the club's relegation from the Premier League, Matt has since established himself in Swansea's midfield, and, under Steve Cooper, has now been made club captain. Alongside his club commitments, Matt has also represented England at under-20s and under-21s levels. His rise up through the footballing ladder has made him a player Exeter fans will always have an eye on, and one they can gladly label as 'one of our own.'