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Grimes wins Exeter award

Exeter assistant manager Rob Edwards has hailed highly-rated starlet Matt Grimes after he scooped the club's player of the year award

The 18-year-old has been earning rave reviews at St James Park this season and is tipped as a star in the making.

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale said earlier in the season that he regarded Grimes as the best young player the club had produced during his time in charge.

"He definitely has the ability to go up the leagues and play at a very good level," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

"I wouldn't like to say at this stage what that will be but, arguably, he's the best young player we've produced at Exeter since I've been here

Grimes has made 36 appearances for Exeter this season in his breakthrough campaign in the first team and his performances have caught the attention of a number of Premier League and Championship clubs.

Norwich were linked with Grimes in January and Exeter are bracing themselves for offers for the midfield playmaker this summer.

Edwards believes the teenager deserves his personal honour and has been impressed by him despite his tender years.

"He fully deserves the award," Edwards told Sky Sports.

"I have not seen an 18 year-old with such a good understanding of the game and such a fantastic passing range."