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Wests Tigers has today announced the signing of one of the most talented rugby union players in powerful winger John Grant.
Grant currently plays first grade rugby for undefeated Eastwood in the Shute Shield competition. The 22-year-old has signed a one-year deal with Wests Tigers for the 2012 season. He can also play full-back and centre.
The nephew of former Balmain Tigers winger, James Grant, the winger stands at 195cm and weights 102kg. He was the leading tryscorer in the 2010 Shute Shield with 22 tries.
A former student at St Ignatius College, Grant won the GPS 100 metre title in a time of 10.8 seconds. He finished second in last year's Gatorade Bolt race behind Wallaby Lachie Turner but beat home NRL players Jarryd Hayne, Greg Inglis, Ben Barba. Josh Morris and Nathan Gardner.
A member of the Australian Rugby Sevens squad,Grant graduated from the Junior Waratahs and the NSW Academy squads during the summer of 2009/10.
Grant says he is looking forward to the challenge of playing in the toughest rugby league competition in the world.