At Everton Tony was one of the highly promising group of youngsters to come through in recent years, a product of the shake up of the youth development policy at Goodison Park.
Following a loan spell at Swindon, Grant became a major player in the competition for first midfield places and in the 1996-97 season became a first-team regular alongside Joe Parkinson and Gary Speed. At the time Joe Royle was manager of the Liverpool club.
The 1996-97 season was ruined by a troublesome ankle injury that kept him out of contention from December onwards, and the same complaint similarly wrecked his 1997-98 campaign, restricting him to just a handful of appearances that coincided with Everton's best spell of that season. He went into the 1998-99 season facing surgery on a knee injury that he sustained during Everton's pre-season tour of the Low Countries and he was, again, likely to be out of action for quite some time.
Blessed with an excellent eye for passing as well as youthful enthusiasm, he was nicknamed "Grantona" by the Goodison faithful - slightly more pleasing than "Rodders" for his likeness to Nicholas Lyndhurst of "Only Fools & Horses" fame.
Although City signed the highly rated midfielder for a nominal £450,000, his injury problems must be worrying to the manager.
Tony Left City for Burnley in fall 2001.