Alex Grant joins on loan

Eastleigh are delighted to announce taking Portsmouth’s promising young defender Alex Grant on loan for one month.

Spitfire manager Richard Hill said: “Portsmouth let it be known Alex was available and I felt a player of his potential with first team experience already, it would be an ideal situation to bring strength into the defensive area of the pitch.

“I have no control over what comes out of the sky but with a busy Christmas period and 8 games in January, all again weather permitting, I feel Alex will be a very useful addition to our squad”.

Grant was born in Manchester and lived in Salford for seven years where he played football for junior team Deans F C, the same side as Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs.

The 18 year old signed a two year scholarship with Portsmouth in July 2010 and has progressed through the reserve and academy sides, appearing for the first team on the bench against Nottingham Forest in April 2012.

A big Manchester United fan, Grant made his full first team debut this season in The Capital One Cup against Plymouth Argyle.

Despite being born in England, Grant was called to play for Australia Under 17s having lived in Australia for a number of his formative years, attending a private boys school Hale School in Perth, Western Australia.

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