Lee Grant has signed a new, one-year contract with Manchester United, the Premier League club have confirmed.
Grant has been with United since 2018, when he joined from Stoke City. He has never played for them in the Premier League, but has made two appearances in cup competitions. The arrival of Tom Heaton earlier on Friday has pushed him further down the pecking order, but he will still be sticking around.
An important, experienced figure in the goalkeeping department, Grant will continue to train alongside David De Gea, Dean Henderson and Heaton.
At the age of 38, he will serve as a mentor for those ahead of him in the hierarchy. But he is still contracted as a player, so will be on call to play if ever needed.
There were rumours earlier this year that Grant would be released at the end of the season. However, he has committed his future to the club for another year – as he always wanted.
“I was always very, very hopeful that I could extend my stay for another year and thankfully the club have allowed me to do that,” Grant told the club website.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge of supporting the team, keeping myself going, as well as motivating others around me for another year.
“I think feeling valued and enjoying your role is huge, no matter what line of work you’re in, and I’m obviously fortunate that I’ve got the opportunity to do that at such a wonderful club. I’m really looking forward to another year with the lads.
“Whoever has the gloves, it’s up to the other guys to really push to make sure that, as a team, we’re able to get the best possible results. Whether it’s David, Dean or myself, we’ll all be pushing to play and excited and ready to support the one that is playing.”
Heaton outlines United targets
Meanwhile the newest member of United’s goalkeeping ranks, Heaton, has been speaking about what his aims are upon his move.
The former Burnley goalkeeper joined on a free transfer from Aston Villa. Unless De Gea or Henderson leave, he will be third in the pecking order.
But he still made a vow about what to expect from him as and when he may play.
He told the club website: “For me to have the opportunity to come back after spending 13 great years here as a kid, it’s an incredible feeling and I’m really, really excited to get started.
“I’m just seeing it as a fantastic opportunity as I still feel I’ve got an awful lot to give and I’ve got the bit between my teeth.
“I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running. I feel in great shape and I’m looking forward to coming in to compete with the other goalkeepers.”
He added: “I’m excited to be part of where the team’s going. There’s been really good progress over the last few years.
“I feel incredibly excited, I feel great. I feel like I can bring something, so I’m looking forward to getting started.
“I’m proud of my journey and I’m delighted to be back to where I started my career.”