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Exeter City secure new agreement with key man ahead of contract expiry

Defender Jonathan Grounds has signed a new contract with Exeter City, keeping him at St James Park for at least another season.

The 34-year-old’s contract was set to expire at the end of this month. But now, it has been confirmed he will be staying on board after signing a new one-year deal.

Having previous stints with clubs such as Birmingham City and Oldham Athletic, Grounds joined Exeter City at the start of last season in a bid to add some more experience to the squad.

The former Swindon Town man made 22 appearances for the Grecians during their impressive promotion campaign, scoring two goals in the process.

Last season was an extremely successful one for Exeter City, finishing in 2nd place to secure promotion to League One for the first time in a decade.

The renewal of Ground’s contract ensures that the Grecians keep an important member of the squad with a wealth of experience under his belt to possibly support the younger and more inexperienced players in what could be a challenging campaign for Exeter City.

He joins the likes of young talent Cheick Diabate and Pierce Sweeney who have also renewed their services for next season.

A key player to keep…

Having made a number of appearances at Championship level throughout his career, Grounds has an abundance of experience available to him which could be useful in a Grecians side with a number of players that are not used to playing at League One level.

The 34-year-old is a hard-working defender who does not shy away from a tackle and is always willing to put his body on the line to ensure his side comes away with all three points.

Grounds also brings versatility with him as he is able to play both as a left-back and centre-back, something that could be of great value over the course of a gruelling season.

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