It's been quite a week for the Silkmen, appointing a new manager, adding two new assistants and finally, the club has landed their first summer addition after Jamie Grimes joins the Moss Rose completing his move from Cheltenham Town.
A towering centre-back coming in at a massive 6ft 4in, the 27-year-old is an addition that the fans will be excited to see and Grimes is delighted to finally join Mark Yates and his Macclesfield teammates.
"It’s been a long summer for me and I’m just glad that’s it’s all done now, and I’m delighted to finally sign", said Grimes, speaking at Moss Road.
"Obviously, I left Cheltenham a few weeks ago and my agent has been talking to a few clubs, but Macclesfield was the one that really stood out and I’m delighted to get it done in the end".
The former Swansea City defender has a wealth of experience and his time under current Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, as well as spells in the National League, allow Grimes to feel he can make a real difference to his new side.
"Obviously, I was in the National league for quite a while during my career and I still follow that league quite a bit, it was amazing what they (Macclesfield) did last year so I’m just excited to be a part of that group and hopefully kick on again", said Grimes.
His time in the National League also saw him captain of Dover Athletic for two years before The Whites skipper moved to fellow League Two side Cheltenham Town racking up 43 league appearances for the Gloucestershire side and his experience in England's fourth division will be of real benefit to the Silkmen next season.
"Last year was my first season in League Two, I feel like I’ve picked up a lot of experience and learnt a lot about the league so hopefully I can do that with a few of the lads this year that haven’t played in the league and I’ve got that experience to kick on again", Grimes explained.
At 27, the Nottingham born defender is in the peak of his career, and with a vast number of clubs on his impressive CV, he's done his fair share climbing up the football ladder and he will feel he has a lot to give Macclesfield in their debut season back in League Two and is desperate to get started.
"I started at Swansea City, did a two-year pro there under Martinez and Rodgers, and then I dropped right down to non-league played with Redditch United, Bedford Town, played for Kidderminster for two-and-a-half years and then did two years with Dover and then Cheltenham last year," said Grimes.
A gruelling pre-season undoubtedly awaits Grimes and his teammates and Yates will be ready to test whether his new Silkmen have it in them to match the standard in League Two and Grimes is very much looking forward to that.
"I’m really excited, I can’t wait to get started, meet the lads and get out there and play some football".
"Everyone knows pre-season is normally hard, so I’ll be doing my running now and like I said I can’t wait to get started"
"I want it to be a successful season I’m at that stage in my career now where I’ve been in the playoffs a few times and been unsuccessful, so I just want to have a successful season and do well as a player and as a team"
"I know a few of the lads already I’ve played with Bliss (Nathan Blisset), I’ve played with Marshy (Tyrone Marsh) so I know a few lads already and know they’re good lads and if the rest of the lads are like that then I know we’ll have a good group".
By Joshua Kerr