Name: Conor McGrandles
Position: Central Midfielder
Born: 24 September 1995 Falkirk
Former Club: MK Dons
Contract Expires: n/a (according to transfermarkt)
2020/21: 42 (9) Goals 4
McGrandles began his career with Falkirk in Scotland making his debut during the 2012/13 season as a 17-year-old. He made a further 45 appearances for ‘The Bairns’ which attracted the interest of Norwich City, for whom he signed as an 18-year-old in a deal believed to be ‘worth up to £1m‘. He made his debut for the Canaries in a 6-1 win against Millwall before he returned to Falkirk on loan for the remainder of the 2015/16 season, as was standard for them at the time. Sadly, one month into his return to Falkirk, he suffered a leg break which saw his spell back home curtailed early.
He struggled to impose himself on the first-team picture at Norwich, joining MK Dons in 2017. He featured sparingly as they slipped out of League One, but was an integral part of the squad which gained promotion the following year, along with us. He missed the 2-1 win at Sincil Bank early in the season but played as we won 2-0 there is what was perhaps our best result of the title-winning campaign.
In 2019/20 he appeared twice against the Imps, coming on in the second half as they beat us at their place, and being taken off in the second half as we drew at ours. He had fallen out of favour with Russell Martin, and prior to joining the Imps, Sunderland had been credited with an interest, along with Aberdeen and Hibernian.
Conor McGrandles joined City on July 27, 2020, after we agreed an undisclosed fee for his services with former employers MK Dons. Like many of the new faces, he made his Imps debut in the EFL Cup win at Gresty Road, then made his league debut a week later as we beat Oxford United on the opening weekend of the league season. McGrandles became a key part of the first team squad, but picked up an injury against Shrewsbury in the EFL trophy which kept him out for much of the Christmas period. He came back into the side with a bang, scoring in his first game back as we beat Northampton 2-1, and again as we won 3-0 at Gillingham in the Sky TV game.
His good form continued through to the end of the season, he twice picked up the SW Player of the Month, the first player to win it more than once, and after the disappointing defeat against Blackpool he was rated as Player of the Season by site readers.
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