Grant's Pre-Season Desire
Teenage midfielder hopes to catch the eye after injury woes.
Conor Grant has set his sights on a second successive pre-season with the first-team after putting an injury-hit campaign behind him.
The 19-year-old midfielder was handed the chance to link up with Roberto Martinez's senior squad last July, coming off the bench for the Spaniard's first game in charge - a friendly against Austria Vienna.
That boost would gave the Academy product much hope for 2013/14, but a back injury sustained in November would keep him out of action for four months.
Grant returned to feature for the Under-21s' final six games of the campaign as he regained full fitness after a difficult period in the stands.
"The last six months have been a frustrating time, but I'm just going to use it as motivation and come back stronger next season," he told evertonfc.com.
"For the first four weeks, I couldn't do anything at all. That was something new to me because all my life I've been used to being on the go all the time. It was a surprise and I had to take it in my stride and aim to bounce back.
"It's a big year for me now and I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully I can play more of a part in pre-season and get a bit of game time and prove what I can do."
Grant was not alone in the treatment rooms this season, with the likes of Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo and Conor McAleny all in extended rehabilitation.
And the Fazakerley-born midfielder explained that a the sidelined stars had kept each other in an upbeat frame of mind..
He added: "Conor broke his leg and a few of the first-team lads also had long-term injuries. You're pretty much with them day-in, day-out and you've got to pull through together. You know the end of the road will come so you need to be positive.
"The coaches and physios were brilliant. I've had top treatment and motivation and my family and mates have been superb. It's a low time - no one likes to be injured. Hopefully that's in the past."
Grant also revealed his delight at the Club's return to European football.
A boyhood fan, he now hopes that the requirements to participate in a fourth competition may open up further opportunities for Everton's youngsters.
He said: "I'm an Evertonian so I'm delighted we're in Europe, but as a player that hopefully gives me and the other lads a chance to get game time. You want any chance that can come. It's a great competition to be in and I'm sure all the lads are ready.
"I'll have a few weeks off but as soon as I'm back from my holiday I'll hit the ground running and build up. You can't have too long off because you've got to keep the legs ticking over and trying to improve.
"The rewards are there and they're so great. For staying disciplined, to get the chance to play for Everton - it's not even a question, you just do it.
"It'd be a dream come true [to make my debut]. All my family are Blues. My mum was a Red, but I think she's converted now. Hopefully I can push on and take any chance."