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Anthony Grant joins Stevenage from Southend United
ANTHONY Grant has joined Stevenage after deciding not to stay at Southend United.
The 25-year-old midfielder had been Blues’ longest serving player, after making 184 appearances during a five year stint at Roots Hall.
But Southend manager Paul Sturrock revealed Grant was keen to play at a higher level.
“I think the lure of playing in League One was what made Anthony’s mind up in the end,” said Sturrock.
‘Of course it’s a shame as far as we’re concerned because his form really improved towards the end of last season.
“He rang me to thank me for the past two seasons and I think it’s important we thank him for the service he gave this football club and his loyalty too.
“When I first came in he was pretty much the only senior player who decided to stay and I hope the supporters appreciate that and also understand his decision to leave.”
Grant will now be looking to impress in a Stevenage side who reached the League One play-offs last season.
He follows another first team regular, Liam Dickinson, in leaving the club after the striker was not offered an extension on his current contract.
However, Sturrock who has now returned from holiday, was keen to stress that the decision was not entirely down to finances – which had been claimed by Dickinson’s agent Phil Sproson.
“Finances always play a part in football but it was also about the mix of strikers we wanted in our squad,” said Sturrock.
“We have Barry Corr coming back in to the squad this season after his injury troubles and we just thought we need some different options.
“But Liam leaves the club with our best wishes and we wish him and Anthony all the best for the future.”
The duo’s departure now means 15 players have left Southend since the end of last season.