A change of scenery for Brisbane Tigers recruit Jordan Grant has him primed for a big 2021 season.
Grant is one of many key names to sign up with the club next season, including Darren Nicholls and former Gold Coast Titans signing Ioane Seiuli.
The big prop, who was signed with Redcliffe Dolphins in 2020, has moved across town for the next season, however he is no stranger to the Tigers name.
Tiger blood runs through Grant, with the prop formerly a part of the Wests Tigers system at an Under 20 level, before featuring for the club at NSW Cup prior to moving to Queensland in 2018 to link with Mackay Cutters.
Grant has been a workhorse in the Intrust Super Cup competition during his time in Queensland, averaging 145 running metres and 25 tackles a game.
Performances like these have seen Grant feature in the Intrust Super Cup 'team of the week' team of the year in his debut season in 2018 with Mackay Cutters as well as being named in the official QRL Intrust Super Cup team of the year in 2019 for his performances with Redcliffe Dolphins.
In both seasons, he took home player of the year awards at the respective club presentations.
When asked about his move to Brisbane Tigers, Grant said the club's history and reputation for developing elite players was a big drawcard.
“Easts were one of the first clubs in the Brisbane competition and a lot of great players have come through the grades," Grant said.
"To be a part of that now is exciting and I’m very grateful to get an opportunity to play here and represent this club.
“The club produces good players, so that’s something I want to be around to help my game get to another level.”
Grant will join the Melbourne Storm for a pre-season in 2021 with the recruit keen to get involved in a club known for its tough culture.
The prop said he was ready for the challenge ahead, with the opportunity a reward for his development as both a player and a person.
“Four to five years ago, I wasn’t in the right mindset and the Storm are known for their tough pre-seasons, I would of cracked,” Grant said.
“I feel this is all the right timing and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Brisbane Tigers head coach Jon Buchanan said Grant’s opportunity with the Storm in the pre-season would benefit both Grant and the club in the long run.
“The pre-season for Jordan in Melbourne will put him in an environment that will challenge him physically and mentally and I am sure the Tigers will benefit from it when he returns,” Buchanan said.
Buchanan said the signing of a player of Grant’s calibre was exciting for the club and he had impressed since beginning training with the Tigers.
“Jordan has been one of the premier front rowers in the Intrust Super Cup over the past couple of years; he is big, mobile and he has really impressed our staff with how naturally fit he is,” Buchanan said.
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