Matt Grimes has expressed his pride at being crowned as the Exeter City supporters’ player of the year for the 2013-14 season.
The 18-year-old – Grimes does not turn 19 until pre-season gets under way in early July – has just completed his maiden campaign as a professional footballer, but his level of progress has astounded even him.
Grimes admits he had targeted playing between five and ten games this campaign, but, in total, he appeared in 37 and scored his first goal in the 1-1 draw at Chesterfield.
“I was really pleased to be awarded it,” said Grimes, who was voted for by Exeter City’s fans and collected his award after the victory against Scunthorpe United. “I didn’t really think I would get it ,having not played as many games as some of the other lads, like Sercs [Liam Sercombe] and Scotty [Scot Bennett], so I am really pleased.
“The biggest achievement is that we are safe and we can all look forward to next year now.
“I’m really pleased to get it in my first year as a pro. I was targeting about five to ten games this year and, obviously, I have far surpassed that.
“I couldn’t have been happier with how this year has gone, I feel very pleased that Tis [manager Paul Tisdale] has picked me and trusted me and I never dreamed to would have gone like this.
“As I say, I was targeting five to ten games and get a feel for it and maybe break in next season or the year after.
“I was blown away to start with and it really has been an incredible year for me.”
City’s other awards were handed out at the club’s annual gala dinner, which was held last Sunday. Liam Sercombe was the big winner, picking up four awards.
They were the North Devon Grecians’ player of the year, Ex-EC 100 Club player of the year, the Norwegian Grecians player of the year, and the players’ player of the year.
“All the lads kept it quite quiet, but I know a lot of players have voted for Scotty and Sercs,” Grimes added.
“I think there are four or five that have done really well this year. Tommy Nichols, Jordan Moore-Taylor and Scotty and Sercs are home-grown players that have played well this season. I voted for Scotty!”
Despite a fine season in which he played in defence, midfield and attack, Bennett was not an award winner, although he jointly won the top goalscorer award with Tom Nichols, with both players notching six. Nichols was also named the Disabled Supporters’ player of the year.
Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak won the Supporters’ Trust player of the year and East Devon Grecians’ player of the year, Alex Byrne was named the Supporters’ Trust young player of the year, and Arron Davies won goal of the year for his stunning strike in the 4-0 win at Scunthorpe.