Grimes Leaves Dover For Cheltenham

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Defender Jamie Grimes is set to sign for Sky Bet League Two side Cheltenham Town.

Grimes, who was captain of Vanarama National League club Dover Athletic last season, will officially join the Robins on July 1st on a one-year deal after his contract at Crabble ends.

Grimes started his career with Swansea City’s academy before being released in 2011.

He had a loan spell with Forest Green Rovers in the Conference (National League) Premier during that time.

A tall, strong and versatile player, Grimes moved to Redditch United and then Brackley Town in Conference North, contributing to the club’s strong defensive record. This form led to a move to Kidderminster Harriers in 2013.

In 2014/15, Grimes made thirty-nine appearances for the Harriers, and was voted away fans’ player of the season and Junior Supporters` player of the year.

Kidderminster offered him a new contract but he opted to join Chris Kinnear’s squad at Crabble for the 2015/16 season.

He has gone on to make over seventy-five appearances for Dover, helping guide the Kent side to the play-off semi-finals in his first year.

Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson said: “I’m very pleased to have secured Jamie’s services after several attempts to sign him last season, which didn’t happen due to a transfer fee needing to be paid and Dover taking up an option on his contract.

“He comes well recommended from players at our club who have played with him and staff who have worked with him.

“He’s a very good defender with good experience, a centre-half that is very tall, very strong and is another leader for our squad”.

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