Grimmer already making headway

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 04: Fulham Manager Martin Jol looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on February 4, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Jack Grimmer, one of three youngsters brought in by Martin Jol in the January transfer window, is already impressing with performances in both the academy side and the development squad.

Out of the trio - Ryan Williams and Lasse Vigen Christensen included - Grimmer has seen the most playing time, impressing with the knowledge and skills he gained in the first team at Scottish club, Aberdeen. As a youth international for Scotland, the academy staff certainly think highly of the new acquisition.

Grimmer himself, though, is hoping the mark he leaves is substantial and he doesn't feel a place in Fulham's first eleven is that far away.

"I consider myself lucky to have come in and already played for the Development Squad in the short time that I've been here," Grimmer told fulhamfc.com.

"It was expressed to me before I signed that if I did my thing and worked hard then I'll get my chance.

"It was a big deal to me because you don't come to a club where you've never got a chance of playing for the first team so that was a big factor [in signing]."

Despite the opportunity to play at England's highest level, it was a tough decision for the 18 year old to leave Scotland and move to London. In Aberdeen, as a versatile midfielder, Grimmer was a useful team member. However, the opportunity to mix with the best ultimately swayed his opinion.

"I had to take all things into consideration, and I just didn't think I could pass up the opportunity of training with some of the best players around and being taught by coaches who have been there and done it all, which is what's happening at Fulham."

"Training is of a very high standard," he explained. "We do a lot of attacking drills; it's very technical and tactically based so my knowledge of the game is already starting to improve."

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