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13 February 2016

Rovers have boosted their ranks with the loan signing of highly-rated midfielder Matt Grimes from Swansea City.

The England Under-20 international joins on a 93-day loan deal, subject to international clearance.

"I'm really pleased to join," said the 20-year-old.

"I'm hoping to get some games under my belt in the Championship and I'm hoping that I can help this massive club climb up the league table.

"It is such a good level and such a big club, getting games in the Championship is my priority at this moment in time and I couldn't think of a better club to be doing it at."

Exeter-born, Grimes came through the ranks at his hometown team, making his debut as an 18-year-old in August 2013, before winning the club's Player of the Year award that season after 37 appearances for the Grecians.

The following campaign saw Grimes score four goals in 25 appearances and earn international honours with England, catching the eye of Premier League side Swansea City, who secured his services in January 2015 for a reported fee of £1.75m.

After three substitute appearances for the Welsh club last term, Grimes made his first Premier League start this season in a goalless draw away at Crystal Palace in December.

The midfielder is ineligible to feature for Rovers in this season's FA Cup, having already played for his parent club.

Should international clearance be received in time, he could go straight into the squad for Tuesday's home clash with Fulham.

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