New signing Liam Grimshaw spoke to Player HD about his delight at moving to the Proact.
A former captain of Manchester United’s academy side, Grimshaw’s first taste of professional football came in Scotland with Motherwell, coming off the bench in a 1-1 draw with Ross County.
Having impressed during his time with the Steelmen, Preston North End moved quickly to snap up the midfield prodigy on a two-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee.
With his career still in its infancy, Grimshaw says he is looking forward to getting a run of Football League games under his belt.
“I am just happy to get out on loan really and play a few games here,” he remarked. “I am really looking forward to getting started and hopefully trying to play a few games and help take them higher.
“It was a bit of a surprise, because I was only told I could go out on loan the day before the window closed, but then the club came in and I signed late on Tuesday.”
A defensive-minded midfielder by trade, the hard-working 21-year-old is also adept in defence.
“Central midfield is my strongest position, but I can play others positions if needed. I like to get up and down and work hard really and give 110%,” Grimshaw continued.
The Lilywhites midfielder may have began his career at Manchester United but, having grown up in Burnley, says he was never tempted to support the Red Devils.
“I grew up in Burnley Arch, which is a big footballing place, everyone there is really into their football. I followed Burnley all over. I am just big into my football really and sport in general, football, cricket, anything.
“I was at United since the age of about six or seven years old and then I left for Motherwell on loan, after that I signed permanently for Preston. I have just had one season at Preston before coming here.”
Grimshaw could slot straight into Gary Caldwell’s team when the Spireites welcome Oldham Athletic to the Proact on Saturday and spoke further on his eagerness to get going.
He added: “Obviously it is a big game because of the positions the two teams are in in the league, hopefully I can get involved in the game and have a positive impact on it.”