20 year old central defender Jonathan Grounds joined Norwich
on 1st September 2008 on a three month loan from Middlesbrough
following the sale of Jason Shackell
Grounds is set to be with the Canaries from September 1st 2008
to November 30th 2008, however Middlesbrough have the ability
of a 24-hour recall after the first 28 days are completed
Grounds, who can also play at left-back, is a product of Middlesbrough's
academy. He made his first-team debut for Middlesbrough against
Liverpool in a 1-1 draw in January 2008. He made a further four
appearances for Boro during 2007/8
Grounds made his debut as a 79th minute substitute in the 2-1
win at Plymouth on 13th September 2008. His full debut came on
20th September 2008, following Jon Kennedy's
injury, against Sheffield United which City won 1-0.
Jonathan was recalled by Boro on 2nd October 2008 due to their
injury and suspension problems with Wales international defender
Rhys Williams the latest casualty with knee ligament damage. Boro'
skipper Emanuel Pogatetz is serving a three-match ban for the
red card that followed his controversial tackle on Manchester
United's Rodrigo Possebon in the Carling Cup
Jonathan rejoined Norwich on loan on 7th January 2008 on a 2
month loan. although Boro will have a 24-hour recall after the
first 28 days of the loan.
City manager Glenn Roeder said: I'm absolutely delighted
to be able to tell our supporters that we've managed to get Jonathan
Grounds back to Carrow Road for the next couple of months. It's
a position that we've known we've needed to fill, with Gary Doherty
being the only fit, natural centre-back currently at the club.
Jonathan did extremely well with us prior to Christmas and we
know what we're getting - an exceptional player and an exceptional
He returned to Boro following the 2-0 defeat to Blackpool on
7th March 2009
Media speculation at the end of April 2010 suggested that Boro
manager Gordon Strachan would release Grounds at the end of the
2009/10 season. This didn't happen and Grounds signed a new two
year deal but he was allowed to jon Hibs on a six month loan on
1st September 2010.
Although he returned to Boro, he struggled to get into the first
team at the beginning of the 2011/12 season and was loaned to
Chesterfield on 25th August 2011 on a month's deal. Boro boss
Tony Mowbray told BBC Tees: "He needs to go and play some
football. We'll see how he gets on and what happens after that."
On 22nd February 2012, Yeovil signed Grounds and his Boro teammate
Jonathan Franks on a month's loan
Grounds left Boro when his contract expired at the end of June
2012 and promptly joined Oldham on a two year deal. He had made
37 appearances for Boro.
On 2nd June 2014, Birmingham announced the signing of Grounds
when his contract at Oldham expires on 1st July 2014. Grounds
signed a two year deal. "Jonathan's versatility is important,"
said Birmingham manager Lee Clark. "He
can play as a left-back or left-sided centre half. We conceded
far too many goals last season, so it was key we strengthened
our defence. Grounds first played under Clark during a loan spell
at Norwich in 2008. He had played 106 games for Oldham, scoring
On 13th August 2018, Grounds was loaned to Bolton for the 2018/19 season. Although he had played 170 times for Birmingham, only one of those was under current manager Gary Monk due to knee ligament injury.
Grounds was released by Birmingham at the end of the 2019/20 season after aix years and 170 appearances. On 17th September 2020 Grounds signed a one year contract with Swindon Town. Unfortunately Swindon were relegated to League Two on 24th April 2021.