David Artell says that Conor Grant has that ‘extra bit of Liverpudlian confidence’ to make a real impact during his loan spell at the club.
Grant has endured a stop start beginning to his loan spell with the club following a nasty head injury against Grimsby Town but the on-loan Everton midfielder performed superbly against Stevenage on Saturday, creating Jordan Bowery’s late winner with a clever pass into a crowded penalty area.
Artell was pleased with the midfielders’ contribution alongside young Tom Lowery.
The boss said: “Conor was good. He is good technically but we know he would be coming from Everton. That is not to say that our players are not as technically good because they are.
“He does bring a different side of the game though because he has been out on loan at Doncaster and knows what it takes to win promotion. He has tasted that at a young age and that helps massively.
“He is a good player and he knows he has to produce it week in week out. He is out of contract at Everton in the summer, and I don’t know what they will do with him, but Conor knows that he has to do everything he possibly can to stay in football.
“He has that winning mentality and belief and that comes from being a Scouser. They have that in their culture and it is a terrific trait to have. I wish more players had it.
“In competitive sport it is great to have that belief and confidence. He is a lovely lad, with great parents and Scousers never suffer fools gladly. It is ingrained in them. “