Grand giving it his best Shot

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A Chorley footballer is eyeing his loan to League Two side Aldershot Town as a chance to engineer a permanent move back into the Football League.

Simon Grand, 26, has signed for Dean Holdsworth’s side until the end of the season, and was on the bench in their 3-2 win over Crewe on Saturday.

The Fleetwood Town player has struggled to break into the first team this season, but had a successful three-month loan with Blue Square Premier side Mansfield Town.

Now, the defender wants to prove himself again at Football League level.

He said: “I am really excited about the challenge because they have just got a new manager and their results have picked up.

“They are a couple of points from the play-offs which shows how quickly things can change in football.

“It is going to be a shop window for me to show that I can play at this level but first there is a lot of hard work to be done.

“I have to put in some really good performances here against the top teams.

“At the end of the day, I don’t think I will be still at Fleetwood, so I have to play well and get a permanent move for them next season.”

Grand has been playing in the Blue Square Premier with Fleetwood and Mansfield for the past two seasons.

However, he is not worried about returning to play in League Two.

He said: “A few years ago, there was a gap in the standard between the Conference and Football League.

“However, there are teams such as Grimsby and Luton who have dropped down, so you are playing really good sides every week.”

The former Southlands High School pupil is excited about working with former Wimbledon star Holdsworth.

He said: “I have been on the same pitch as Dean when I was at Rochdale in a game and we were playing Coventry.

“He was a great player, and if he can take some of his success on the pitch to becoming a manager then Aldershot are really going places.”