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Hall determined to make his mark

Posted on 7 July 2015  - 11:00

Grant Hall is looking to settle down after a rollercoaster 2014-15.

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The central defender, 23, began last season in promising style as he started the first eight matches of his loan spell at Birmingham City in the Championship.

But he suffered a groin injury in September and by the time he was ready to return, the Blues had replaced Lee Clark, the manager who took him to St Andrews.

Grant took the chance to hook up again with Clark at Blackpool in January but he couldn’t help halt the club’s well-documented slide into League One.

Below: Grant in action for Birmingham last season

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He admits it was a tough campaign but expects to be stronger for it as he looks to get back on track next season.

“I’m fully fit, back in training and hungry to play,” said Grant, who joined us in 2012 and captained our Under-21s to the U21 Premier League Final in his first season. “I need to get settled at a club and settled off the pitch as well.

“I wasn’t here when the gaffer came in and I haven’t been around the club so it’s understandable that I’m not really in his plans. I just want to play, so I’m looking for a loan or permanent move.

“Playing games is key for me. I’ve another year here at Spurs but I don’t want to be sitting around. I’m 23 and I need to be playing and taking my career to the next level."

Grant has over 50 appearances in the Football League to his name now and hopes to draw on last season’s experiences to go to the next level.

“It was a tough season, a real challenge,” he admitted. “I picked up a good loan at Birmingham City and I was really excited about that, played the first eight games but had a little injury, tried to get back into the team and then the manager who took me to the club parted company, so that was difficult.

“The loan to Blackpool came up straight away in January and I didn’t want to wait, it was the chance to play football with the same manager who took me to Birmingham, so I thought ‘why not?’ as it was regular games in the Championship. It was good in that aspect but a tough place to be at the time.

Below: On target for Blackpool last season

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 “I say to the younger lads at Spurs, you get everything here and when you go out on loan it’s a reality check. There is nothing like this facility (Hotspur Way) when you go out on loan but it makes you stronger as a player and person to experience that. It’s incredible here and everything is done properly.

“Looking back now, it was all valuable experience last season and I’m determined to use that to good effect going forward.”