New Blue: Jack Grimmer

Something of a surprise arrival – although less so if you believe the rumours linking

Jason McCarthy to Millwall – the former Coventry right-back is our oldest signing of the summer at 25.

Wycombe’s oldest signing so far is 25. Just let that sink in.

The Scotsman’s release by Coventry followed a season in which he fell out of favour at the Ricoh. The loan arrival of Chelsea youngster Dujon Sterling ultimately saw Grimmer restricted to a mere 603 minutes of league football, but our new man was a near ever-present in 2017/18, joining the Beast in the PFA League Two Team of the Year as the Sky Blues bounced straight back to League One. He capped off that breakout campaign by netting his side’s third in the play-off final win over Exeter with a bit of a peach (skip to 0:56).

Having seen little action last season, then, 2019/20 could be his chance to properly pick up from where he left off. He has fared well at this level before while on loan at Shrewsbury, as well as making 13 Championship appearances for Fulham in the 2014/15 season. A former Scotland youth and U21 international, Grimmer earned his move south of the border after just one senior start for Aberdeen – a transfer which didn’t go down too well with some of the natives. He made his debut for the Dons at the age of 16 becoming their youngest ever player at the time.

Certainly more attacking than defensive-minded, Grimmer’s athleticism and energy should make him a natural replacement for McCarthy in that sense – if it comes to that. There seems to be some debate about the quality of his delivery, although he’s shown some promising signs in pre-season and set up Alex Samuel in last week’s 3-2 win at Barnet (not the best of angles, but jump to 1:36 below). A few more of those will do just fine.

As for the defensive side of his game, while it’s noticeable from his highlights reel that he’s committed in the tackle and willing to chase down what might seem like lost causes, doubts have been raised about his positioning – admittedly something which McCarthy needs to work on himself. If that’s the trade-off we have to make for a solid one-on-one defender who’ll get forward and support attacks, though, then so be it; for a club of our stature, this remains a very good signing.

Crucially, unless Coventry fans are lying, it sounds like we’ve got ourselves a player who gives nothing less than 100%. In fact, if he didn’t, would Ainsworth have signed him? As with most of those we bring in, it’ll take time to see the full picture, but all-in-all I think we can look forward to seeing him in action – whether that’s as a regular or otherwise…

Quick Facts & Stats

Born: 25th Jan 1994 in Westhill, Aberdeenshire

Nationality: Scottish

Position: Right-back

Former clubs: Coventry (2017-2019), Shrewsbury (loan x3 (2016-2017, 2016, 2014)), Port Vale (loan (2014)), Fulham (2012-2017), Aberdeen (2009-2012)

Senior record: 161 appearances, 7 goals | Debut: 7th Apr 2010, Rangers 3-1 Aberdeen (Scottish Premiership) | Last appearance: 12th Mar 2019, Coventry 2-1 Fleetwood (League One)

Thanks to various Sky Blues fans and to Gabriel Sutton again for their insights.

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