Irish winger scored in B Team’s opening pre-season friendly
- Danny Grant happy to be on scoresheet
- Winger more focused on his fitness
- Irishman aiming high next season
Huddersfield Town winger Danny Grant was happy to get his name on the scoresheet in the B Team’s opening pre-season friendly against Brighouse Town at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Joel Mumbongo, Ben Jackson, and Grant ensured a comfortable 1-3 victory for the Young Terriers over their local opponents.
Grant, who scored after making a fantastic run inside from the left wing where he found space to drive the ball across the goal, explained how despite being happy with his goal, his main focus in games at the moment is his fitness.
“Obviously as an attacker I always want to contribute, so I was happy with the goal!
“In pre-season it is probably more important to get fit, stretch the legs, and dust off any cobwebs we might have from of the off season.
“I don’t really want to put a label on myself going into next season by setting a specific goal or assists tally I want to aim for.
“I am aiming high as always, but I have been injured pretty much on and off for the past 18 months, so my main goal is to keep fit.
“I’m 22 now, and at this age I can’t afford to not be playing week in week out, so my main focus is absolutely on just keeping fit and getting plenty of minutes.”
When reflecting on his goal, the winger praised the team effort required in the build up.
“I can’t remember it very well, I’ll be honest!, but I know that Sonny Whittingham put in a great tackle, and then I just picked it up and ran with it.
“I was actually looking to offload it, but eventually the opportunity just opened itself and I had to take it.
“Personally, I think it was a good 45 minutes for myself, and like I say I just need to stay fit - that will be key for me this season.
“We have been back in training for about two weeks now, but obviously the first game back is always the big thing, and we essentially played two different XIs across the two halves.
“Overall, despite maybe reduced time on the pitch, the result in the end was great and I got some time out there after a hectic 18 months, so I am happy with how it went all in all!”