‘I’m just concentrating on my football’ says Notts County’s Jorge Grant as he targets FA Cup success


Jorge Grant’s form at Notts County has been grabbing headlines ever since he made the loan move from Nottingham Forest on deadline day back in January.

Goals have been plentiful for the creative midfielder, who has already netted 13 times this season, while being influential when it comes to assists. But speculation over his future has never been too far away from the agenda and is something that’s followed him around week after week.

Given his importance to the Notts side, it’s no surprise that fans have been growing increasingly concerned that come January his future could be away from Meadow Lane.

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan has given Jorge Grant licence to roam

Grant though, remains fully focused on his football despite continued talk of a return to Forest, which now appears to have been put to bed by Reds boss Mark Warburton, or a move elsewhere in the Football League.

“I’m just concentrating on my football and doing what I can on the pitch,” said the youngster, who has been closely monitored by his parent club during his stay on the other side of Trent Bridge.

“He (Mark Warburton) came to the game at the weekend (against Colchester) and I think a few people have been over and watched while I’ve been playing, and me and Yatesy (Ryan Yates) have been doing well.”

Reds chief Warburton confirmed Grant would not be recalled by his parent club, something that one assumes would bring a little early festive cheer to Magpies fans. And so too, would Grant’s attitude and obvious enjoyment about his stint at the Reds’ near-neighbours.

“I’m here for the season. That’s what it was at the start and that’s how in my head it is at the moment, so until I get told otherwise I’m here for the season,” Grant said.

Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton

With the opening of the transfer window just a month away, talk of transfers shoots right to the top of the agenda for fans, pundits and media alike, but the 23-year-old from Banbury does his best to forget speculation and focus on what he’s paid to do.

“I just try and block it out and just get on with my football. As long as I concentrate on what
I’m doing on the pitch, then it shouldn’t distract me in any way,” Grant said.

Boss Kevin Nolan has afforded the talented winger the ability to play with freedom, to operate wide or as the traditional number 10, and that’s a role he’s relishing – and there are few more dangerous animals in football than one who enjoys their work.

“I’m really enjoying it. I’ve always said I’ve really enjoyed it here and I have,” Grant told the Post. “That’s from the gaffer, from the chairman, from the players and staff that have welcomed me – it’s carried on this season.

Jorge Grant knows Oxford City’s Freddie Grant well

“There’s that sense of freedom where I can come in off the line and play my football, and I think he (Kevin Nolan) knows that I will get back and do the hard work as well as go forward and influence the game further up the pitch as well.”

While many eyes will be on a mouth-watering trip to face Luton Town on Saturday week, Grant and his team-mates will take a week off from the pursuit of League Two points this weekend when Oxford City come to Nottingham in the FA Cup second round.

Coming up against one or two players he knows well, the focus and respect is completely on the visit of the Vanarama South strugglers, though Grant admits Notts have to be on their guard against a side that will have nothing to lose – as City proved against Colchester in round one.

“The confidence is high, we’re doing really well and we need to not get carried away and just take it game by game,” he said.

Jorge Grant and Ryan Yates celebrate the win over Cheltenham

“Obviously this game is away from the league so it’ll be nice to just concentrate on this and hopefully get the win.”

With television cameras in and around Meadow Lane all week before the game gets beamed out around the world, there’s no added incentive just because the nation will be watching, according to Grant.

“The cameras don’t really make a difference for us as players; I think we’ve got to go and play our game and if we do what we’ve been doing in the league then there shouldn’t be a problem.

“It’s just as important as any other game,” he added.

The line from Notts is most definitely that they are not underestimating their visitors to the Lane, and given Grant’s demeanour, he wasn’t paying lip service either – there’s a steely determination to avoid any trouble and ensure they’re in Monday night’s draw.

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