In recent weeks, Birmingham City have announced that they will be releasing five players by the end of this season. Kerim Mrabti, Cheick Keita, David Stockdale, Jacques Maghoma and Jonathan Grounds have all been informed that the club will not be renewing their contracts. The longest serving member of those released, Jonathan Grounds recently took to social media to thank fans for their support during his time at the club.
During the summer of 2014, Jonathan Grounds joined Blues on a free transfer from League One side Oldham Athletic. Grounds appeared in every championship game for Blues apart from one, managing to secure the left back spot playing under Lee Clark and Gary Rowett. Blues managed to secure a 10th place finish in the league that season.
In his next two seasons at Birmingham City, Grounds had similar luck. Appearing 45 times in 15/16 and 42 times in 16/17. Grounds fell out of favour under the reign of Zola and has struggled to restore his place in the side, especially after the arrival of Kristian Pedersen at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. With Grounds out of favour at Blues he was loaned out to Bolton Wanderers for a season where he made 13 appearances but similarly to when at Blues, struggled to hold down his position.
In the recent season, Grounds hasn’t made a single appearance for Blues and didn’t appear on the bench or in the first team in the recent game against West Bromwich Albion, even though first choice left back Pedersen suffered an injury.
Recently, he made the statement below on social media, thanking Blues fans and team mates for their support.
“Good luck to all the @bcfc boys today and for the rest of the season. Been a pleasure to play with all of you for anything from 6 years to 6 months. To all my team mates and staff over the years, a big thank you, you all helped me tremendously Love/Hate is probably right but to the fans know I always gave it my best and you pushed me to be better either way. See you down the road hopefully.”