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Born: 25 January 1994
Joined Wycombe: July 2019 - Signed from Coventry City|
Wycombe debut: Wycombe 2 Bolton 0 - 3 Aug 2019 - League One
Contracted until June 2023
Career summary at Wycombe.
24 appearances - no goals
up to an including end of 2019/20 season
The 25-year old defender signed for Wanderers on a two year deal announced on 22 July 2019 having been released by Coventry City at the end of the 2018/19 season. The Scottish born player was a key members of the City squad that won promotion to 'League One' in May 2018, scoring their third goal in the 3-1 play-off final victory over Exeter City Wembley. His performances that season earned him a place in the PFA 'League Two' Team of the Year that season but he seemed to fall out a favour the following season and was released in May 2019. He joined Wycombe having impressed as a trialist in pre-season friendlies with with Woking and Brentford.
Hailing from Aberdeen, he signed for his home town club as a schoolboy and debuted at First Team level at a then Club record youngest age of 16 until Manager Mark McGhee. Further First Team were limited but despite this, in January 2012, just a few days before his 18th birthday, he agreed a move south to join then 'Premiership' side Fulham on a three-year deal for a reported fee of £200,000. Playing initially in the Fulham Academy side, his chance for senior football eventually came following an inital one-month loan move to Port Vale in January 2014. He made his Football League debut in Vale's 2-0 defeat at 'League One' leaders Brentford but impressed enough for the loan to extended until the end of the 2013/14 season.
His time at Port Vale was eventually cut-short when he was recalled by Fulham to provide defensive cover in the Cottagers ultimate failure to remain the Premiership - Grimmer watching from the bench and still yet to make his First Team debut for the London side.
In October 2014 he agreed an inital one-moth loan to 'League Two' Shrewsbury Town, playing seven matches for The Shrews, including five consecutive league victories and their 2–1 defeat to Chelsea in the League Cup. Although his loan at Shrewsbury had been extended to January 2015, his performances away from The Cottage resulted in a recall and he finally made his Fulham First Team debut on 29 November 2014 at Brighton. He would go on to make a total of 17 appearances in all competitions for Fulham that season and signed a new contract in March 2015 running until June 2017>.
However, the following season he found himself out of favour again at Fulham and in Jaunary 2016 he returned to Shrewsbury Town on loan until the end of the season. He starred in The Shrews FA Cup run that season - heading a stoppage time winner in the 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday after his side had trailed 2-1 with five minutes of normal time remaining. In the League he helped The Shrews to 20th spot in the table and avoid relegation straight back to 'League Two'.
After playing one Football League tie for Fulham at the start of the 2016/17 season, he returned to Shrewsbury again, this time on a season-long loan - ending the season with 27 appearances and one goal in all competitions. He returned to Craven Cottage in May 2017 but news of his release was announced at the end of June 2017.
Grimmer signed a two-year contract with newly-relegated to 'League Two' side Coventry City on 5 July 2017. During the following season he was virtually ever-present in the City side and grabbed the FA Cup headlines again when he scored a long-range winning goal in Coventry's 2–1 victory over Premier League Stoke City in the Third Round. His season ended on a high as he scored a goal in the play-off final victory at Wembley.
The following season he was restricted to just 13 appearances and comparing the 2018/19 campaign with the previous season, Grimmer said: "Last season [2017/18] was a dream but the difference between that and this season has been like night and day. It’s something that I’ve had to deal with and I’ve tried to just keep my head down and work hard. But I can’t wait for next season, so I can get a fresh start and hit the ground running.”
On signing for Wycombe Manager Gareth Ainsworth commented: “Jack is an excellent defender who can play in a number of different positions and that will be invaluable for us going into the new season. He’s got a good amount of experience behind him and he really caught the eye during that year with Coventry when I think he was one of the best defenders in the league, so it’s a great signing for us and I know he’ll strengthen our defensive options.”
He was initially allocated the No.19 in the Wanderers squad.
On 18th August 2020 it was announced he had extended his contract until June 2023, with Manager Gareth Ainsworth commenting: "He was absolutely flying before picking up an injury before Christmas, but returned for the play-offs and put in three magnificent performances – particularly in the final. Keeping him at Adams Park for another three years is great news for us and I’m really pleased that he’s committed his future to Wycombe Wanderers."
References and further reading:
Jack Grimmer signs - Wycombe Wanderers official website - 22 July 2019
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