Martin Allen welcomes Graham Humphreys to MEMS Priestfield....
Here at Priestfield this morning we have a special and exciting day with a new signing that has just arrived from Gillingham.
He is slightly overweight, slightly over aged but came heavily recommended from a dinner we had here at Priestfield a couple of weeks ago with yours truly.
So I would like to welcome to our squad, I’m sure all of our supporters will be delighted, Graham Humphreys.
He is a local lad that plays up front, he has always wanted to play for his club and should be able to put a bit of weight behind our attack, if you know what I’m saying.
There is a saying, `fox in the box`, where centre forwards find space and at his age he is a `silver fox. `
He is part of our squad and will be put on an extreme fitness programme, we will learn from him what not to eat and before Saturday’s game he will be introduced to the fans.
He has strength, power, is a good signing and I am delighted to welcome him to our squad.
I’m not sure where we will squeeze him on the team bus let alone a forward role. Lance Ridden is from Vokes Taxis and on the night he paid a huge amount of money for Graham to be part of our squad so there is no transfer fee that has been paid out; we have actually been paid a fee to take him which will once again keep Mr. Scally happy hopefully.
So a special welcome to our two new centre forwards, Graham Humphreys.
Graham has been handed the squad number 53, on becoming the Gills new signing he said:
“I have plenty of experience. I’ve mainly played as a centre half but have been signed as a centre forward. I grew up half a mile from the ground along with my agent so we are both from the area and we played a lot of local football.
“I have this opportunity now and it’s a dream come true.”
The striker revealed that the position will be new to him, and likened himself to a former Gills centre-back.
He said: “In the past maybe in the Guy Butters mould because he was big and hefty, he wasn’t a centre forward but it’s difficult to compare with anybody else.”