Date: 6th January 2017 at 4:09pm
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On Wednesday the permanent capture of goalkeeper Lee Grant from Derby County was secured and the player was delighted with his start to life in 2017.

With plenty of toing and froing about the loan deal becoming permanent with a disagreement of valuation for the 33 year old who was out of contract come the summer, the Official Website confirmed that a fee of £1.3million had been agreed for his services and he’s signed a two and a half year deal.

With 15 appearances to his name whilst on loan and six clean sheets along the way, chief executive Tony Scholes explained.

‘Lee found himself with an opportunity to make an impression in the Premier League and to suggest he has grabbed that chance with both hands would be an understatement. He has shown outstanding form on a consistent basis and we’re delighted to have reached an agreement with Derby to make his transfer permanent.’

Speaking himself more recently about the permanent switch which he’d already said he wanted, Grant went on to say that it was a great way for him to start 2017 and he was looking forward to permanent life at the club.

‘It’s a perfect start to the New Year for me, especially on the back of winning the game last night and keeping a clean-sheet too. I am just so happy to have it all concluded now because I have been trying to work to this moment from the day I made my debut here. To a degree I am still pinching myself to be honest, because six months ago I wasn’t in a great position in terms of how I felt about the game and where I was in my career. Thankfully, Stoke City provided me with this opportunity and I have been able to take it with both hands – I am just so excited about my future now.’

With his future seemingly in doubt in recent weeks, Grant went on to say it was difficult and ultimately he was thankful that Derby relented.

‘If you go back three weeks or so there was a point where I wasn’t sure whether Derby County would allow this move to materialise. There was a very real possibility at that point that I could have been looking towards my final game as a Stoke player. I wouldn’t say that I have allowed it to affect my performances at all, but I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t on my mind.’

He added.

‘Obviously something like this is really important and for me I was desperate to get it done if I could, but at the same time I knew I had to concentrate on the matches we were involved in. As I said earlier, I am just so relieved that everything has been finalised now and I can look forward to getting back to work tomorrow with the rest of my teammates and looking forward to Saturday`s game.’

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