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Mark Scott
Matt Grimes: Links up again with Garry Monk

Garry Monk has turned to his former club Swansea City again to bring in England U21 international Matt Grimes on a season-long loan deal.

The 20-year-old has followed defender Kyle Bartley to Elland Road and becomes the Whites’ fifth signing of the summer after they also announced the signing of former England goalkeeper Rob Green.

“It’s a great feeling,” Grimes told the club’s official website. “This was a no-brainer for me – it’s such a big club and we’re looking to have a really strong season.

“I’m really excited to come here and play football – that’s the aim for me this season. Coming here gives me a really good chance to do that at a high level.

“Garry Monk and Pep Clotet were really good to me when I was at Swansea. They helped me a lot and nurtured me when I was a young player coming through, so it will be great to work with them again.

“I’m really looking forward to getting going. I can’t wait to get to Ireland, start training and get some games under my belt – which is what pre-season is all about.”

Monk had initially signed Grimes from Exeter City in January and has joined up with the rest of the squad at their pre-season training camp in Ireland.