Loan striker makes a good impression on Chasetown FC manager

Grant Ryan

Grant Ryan

Manager Charlie Blakemore has insisted that the loan signing of Grant Ryan could prove to be a good piece of business for Chasetown FC.

The young Mansfield Town striker marked his first team debut with a goal in Saturday’s 7-1 demolition of Spalding United, before turning in an all-action performance in the cup win against Willenhall Town.

And Blakemore believes there may be more to come from the young striker. He said:

“From what we’ve seen of Grant so far he really looks a player. He’s physical and strong, but has a good turn of pace as well. He got 40 minutes of action on Saturday and showed everyone what a good prospect he was.

“And then against Willenhall Town he showed that he’s not afraid to shoot – he only has to see the whites of the goal and he’ll hit the ball. On another night he could easily have had two or three goals.”

And the Chasetown boss acknowledged the efforts of his number two Andy Turner in bringing the Mansfield man to the Scholars Ground.

He added:

“We were looking to bring in a striker because of Dean Perrow’s injury and Andy made a phone call to Mansfield’s manager David Holdsworth who agreed to let us have Grant on loan. Mansfield have been brilliant in letting us borrow him, but they can obviously see that he’ll get some good experience with us.”

And although the 18-year-old has only signed up for a one-month spell with the Scholars, Blakemore hasn’t ruled out trying to extend the deal, particularly after Craig Marshall’s shock departure.

Blakemore explained:

“If Grant settles well here and Mansfield don’t need him back then keeping him for a little longer is certainly something we’d look at because he does look like a very good player.”

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