Swindon Town can confirm the signing of former Birmingham City defender Jonathan Grounds on a one-year contract. The deal is subject to EFL and FA approval.
Grounds joins Town with a great deal of both League One experience with Chesterfield, Yeovil and Oldham and also at Championship level where he made 170 appearances for Birmingham City.
The 32-year-old started his professional career with Middlesbrough, earning his first pro contract at the start of the 2007/08 season. In that season, Jonathan made his first-team debut in a Premier League match against Liverpool which ended in a 1-1 draw. He then went on to make four more appearances in the English top division.
During his five years at the Riverside, the defender had loan spells away from Teesside at Norwich, Hibernian, Chesterfield and Yeovil.
In July 2012, Grounds joined Oldham Athletic on a two-year contract where he started every game bar two over the course of the season. He went on to play 106 times for the Latics before he became Lee Clark’s first signing for Birmingham in the 2014 summer transfer window.
In his first three seasons at St. Andrews, Jonathan made 158 Championship appearances for the Blues and had a huge impact on performances from left-back and centre-back. He also played alongside Swindon’s Paul Caddis for three years.
In August 2018, the defender signed a loan deal with Bolton Wanderers, making 13 league appearances at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Grounds was released by his parent club Birmingham after six years in the Midlands at the end of last season.
We are delighted to have Jonathan at Swindon and would like to wish him the best of luck at the club.