Josh Grant

Date of birth: 11 October 1998
Place of birth: London
Position: Defender
International levels played at: England U18s
Trophies won at Chelsea: UEFA Youth League 2015/16; FA Youth Cup 2015/16, 2016/17; U18 Premier League 2016/17

Josh Grant signed as an Under-8 and liked to play up front in his younger years, before his defensive qualities came to the fore and he was moved further back. He is a committed, tough-tackling, powerful defender who featured across the backline for the youth team when a schoolboy in the 2014/15 season, making a total of 24 appearances.

In his debut campaign as a scholar, Grant captained the youth team in the league as they won the south section for a second year running. He made five appearances as we won the FA Youth Cup for a third successive season and also featured as our Under-19s retained their European title, before making his Under-21 debut before the end of the season. At the end of the campaign, he was awarded the Scholar of the Year award.

He signed a first-year professional contract in October 2015, committing himself to the club until the end of the 2017/18 season, and made an England Under-18 debut in June 2016. The defender was a regular in our Treble-winning Under-18 season in 2016/17, making four appearances as we won the Youth Cup once again.