FC Halifax Town’s latest recruit Sam Graham says that it was a no-brainer when it came to sign for the Shaymen, as he becomes Jamie Fullarton’s final signing of the current campaign.
The Sheffield United youngster, who joins on a loan deal until the end of the season, is Fullarton’s fifth signing since being appointed manager over a month ago.
Graham rounds off what has been a busy month for Fullarton, as the deadline has now passed for bringing players into the club.
This comes after Bradford City’s Jacob Hanson also joined on a loan deal prior to the 0-0 draw against Solihull Moors, which both new lads managed to feature in. Graham replaced the injured Hanson early in the second half and showed solidity in the right-back position.
Speaking to the club website after the game, Graham told how he was keen to join the Shaymen, and that it is the ideal place for him to develop his trade in the first team.
“Last week Sheffield United said there was an interest for me to come here and I just snapped at the opportunity to come. I want to develop my game even more.
“This is my first taste of first team football, so it is good for my development. It is tough, you come up against tough opposition and big players, so it is a good physical battle.
“Hopefully I will get a few starts between now and the end of the season. I want to be able to play a full 90 minutes in tough men’s football, then I will kick on from there.”
The forced substitution on Hanson gave Graham a large proportion of the second half to showcase his ability to the Town faithful. It is well documented about the step-up from youth football to first team experience, and it did not take Graham long to realise this.
“It is a bit different to my youth games. With United we will play a bit more with the ball at our feet and use it better, whereas in this league it is a lot different. There are a lot of long balls, so I am competing for headers all the time.”
The draw against Solihull means that the Shaymen stretch their unbeaten run to six games under Fullarton’s stewardship, coming ever closer to securing their Vanarama National League status.
It was a good day all round for Graham, wrapping up what has been a positive week for his footballing career, despite having to play in a slightly unfamiliar position.
He said: “I am usually a centre back when I play with United. Obviously today I came on and played in right back. I can play there as well if I am forced into it like with the injury to Hanson, but I mainly like playing in the central role.
“I was pleased with my performance and breaking into the first team, getting to know everybody and putting a good performance in, especially in front of the home fans. Everyone has been really welcoming on my first day of training and during the week.”
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