Jorge Grant never truly earned a proper chance to shine at Nottingham Forest but it will probably please supporters that he appears to finally be making a name for himself.
The academy graduate burst onto the scene as a 19-year-old, netting an opening goal during a 3-1 defeat against Tottenham in the League Cup.
A very young Forest side were eventually defeated at White Hart Lane but Grant’s goal led to Stuart Pearce calling him ‘so impressive’ after the game.
The man born in Oxford did play 20 times for Forest, although only six of those appearances came as starts in the Championship.
Very slight in physique, Grant perhaps struggled with the required amount of strength to be a hit in the Championship and ultimately he’s been forced to make his way elsewhere.
A successful loan spell with Notts County and a solid, if unspectacular stint at Mansfield, ensured that he’d always find a club somewhere in the Football League.
When Grant became available it was Lincoln who took a chance on him and allowed him the platform to play regularly.
Now 26, the midfielder has certainly highlighted his credentials and this season he has come of age at Sincil Bank.
Grant has scored four goals and registered six assists in 10 games, whilst also picking up four Man of the Match accolades.
He’s becoming a figure of authority in the Lincoln ranks and has captained the side on occasions under Michael Appleton.
Grant isn’t alone in being a Forest academy graduate who didn’t quite make the grade at the City Ground, with plenty of others in that bracket.
Some supporters believed the versatile midfielder deserved more of an opportunity on Trentside and those supporters will be happy to see him doing well.
Lincoln have been on a crest of a wave for a few years now and Grant clearly chose his club wisely when it came to leaving Forest.
He’s developed as a player and is now showing those who doubted him exactly what he is capable of.
The Imps are getting the best out of Grant though and he is showing that perhaps one day he could become a decent player in the Championship.
With Lincoln going well in the third tier he could realise that aspiration as soon as next season and it’ll be interesting to see how he would get on in the Championship.
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