HEYBRIDGE’S top scorer has signed a new deal to lead the club’s tilt at the Bostik North in the new campaign.
Reece Grant, who bagged a remarkable 26 goals last season, has put pen to paper on a new deal at Scraley Road.
The striker, 22, who joined Heybridge from Uxbridge last summer, revealed he turned down offers from higher division clubs to continue his development under Swifts manager Jody Brown.
Grant (pictured above) said: “It was a very tough decision as it’s always nice to have interest from clubs higher up as it shows you are doing well. But my next move has to be right.
“I now plan to work hard to have an injury-free season and score more goals than last year.
“What persuaded me to stay is that I enjoy working with Jody and, although I have aspirations to play higher, I will bide my time and continue to develop under his management.
“The club is going through a big transition and I want to help it go forward achieve things.
“There is a lot of work behind the scenes by the chairman and everyone who works at the club and it would be silly not to stay and be a part of it.”
Brown said: “Reece had a number of good options, some at a higher level.
“He’s ambitious but has a target in terms of the level he wants to move to.
“He isn’t willing to just move anywhere, but obviously had to explore his various options.
“He trialled with a full-time club, which is very positive, and I was fully supportive of that.
“And we are all pleased he felt that his development could continue at Heybridge Swifts and I hope and expect him to continue improving.”