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Jonathan Grounds

Jonathan Grounds
Oldham Athletic48(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:!2, 24 August 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jonathan Martin Grounds (born 2 February 1988) is an English footballer currently playing for Oldham Athletic. Grounds previously played for Middlesbrough, making 33 league appearances spread across five years. During his time with Middlesbrough, Grounds was loaned to Norwich City twice, Hibernian, Chesterfield and Yeovil Town. He signed for Oldham in 2012 as a free agent. Grounds plays as a left back.

Career

Grounds graduated from the Middlesbrough Academy system prior to the 2007–08 season, and the club were considering releasing him that pre-season. However, he was handed a one-year contract instead. With regular left backs Andrew Taylor and Emanuel Pogatetz injured, he made his debut on 12 January 2008 in a 1–1 Premier League draw at home to Liverpool. After impressing in several further appearances he was rewarded with a new two-year contract in March of that year.[2]

On 1 September 2008, Grounds joined Norwich City on loan for three months.[3] He was recalled by Middlesbrough after just 31 days, however, due to a player shortage at his parent club.[4] Grounds made 5 appearances in total for Norwich during his loan spell. On 7 January 2009, Norwich City confirmed that Grounds would be rejoining the club for a second short-term loan spell.[5] During this stint at Norwich, manager Gordon Strachan asked him to play in central defence, and he made a further 11 appearances for City, scoring 3 goals, before returning to Middlesbrough on 7 March.

On 18 June 2010 Grounds signed a contract extension with Boro aimed at keeping him at the club until 2012.[6]

However, in spite of this new contract, after making only one appearance for Middlesbrough early in the 2010–11 season, Grounds was loaned to Scottish Premier League club Hibernian.[7] Grounds returned to Middlesbrough in January 2011 after making 15 appearances for Hibs.[8] He scored for his hometown club with a header against Swansea City in a match which 'Boro lost 4–3.

On 22 February 2012, Grounds and team-mate Jonathan Franks joined League One side Yeovil Town on a month's loan with an option to extend the agreement until the end of the season.[9]

Grounds left Middlesbrough at the end of his contract,[10] and on 2 July 2012, he signed a two-year contract with Football League One side Oldham Athletic.[11]

References

External links

  • Soccerbase
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