TROUBLED Hucknall Town hope they have found the striker to drag them away from relegation trouble in the Evo-Stik League, Premier Division.
Town chief Tommy Brookbanks moved to snap up former professional David Graham from their divisional rivals Worksop Town. And he readily enthused: “He is a big signing for us.”
The 32-year-old Scot, who is a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, made his debut for The Yellows on Tuesday night in the 2-2 league draw with Chasetown at Watnall Road.
He failed to score or have an effort on goal as his new teammates struggled to mount many attacks.
But he showed a neat touch, composure and solid hold-up play.
Graham has a wealth of experience in the professional game and even won caps for Scotland under-21s.
His first club was Glasgow Rangers where he made his debut in the UEFA Cup.
Graham made a handful of appearances for the Ibrox club before signing for Dunfermline Athletic.
But it was in England where he really made his mark after an unlikely switch to Torquay United where he scored almost 50 goals in three years and helped them to automatic promotion to League One at the end of the 2003/04 season.
That form earned him a £215,000 transfer to Wigan Athletic where he played a part in The Latics’ promotion to the Premier League.
However before he got to play in the top tier of English football, Graham was sold to Sheffield Wednesday for £250,000.
His spell at Hillsborough was interrupted by loan spells at Huddersfield Town and Bradford City before he signed for Gillingham and latterly Lincoln City. He then dropped into non-league football.
Now Brookbanks and his assistant Gary Stones believe they have signed a gem as they fight to stave off the threat of the drop from the Evo-Stik top flight.
Both were impressed with his debut against Chasetown, although they said he will improve as he regains fitness.
“He will get better,” said Brookbanks. “He hasn’t played for a while, so he needs to get his fitness up. He was excellent against Chasetown.
“His attitude is first class and he is great in the dressing room. I think he can get goals for us.”
Stones added: “I think he did really well considering he hasn’t played for months or really trained. His overall contribution to the game was very good.
“You could see he had played at a higher level. When he gets fitter ,he will get better. We need a couple more players like him, with that experience.”
Brookbanks and Stones were also happy with their side’s performance against FA Trophy quarter-finalists Chasetown, despite the fact that The Yellows carved out only five efforts on goal all night.
“The lads were absolutely brilliant,” said Brookbanks. “They worked hard and battled. Teams around us are getting hammered 6-0, yet we got a draw with Chasetown.”
Stones added: “The lads have been fantastic. I really cannot fault them at all. Chasetown are a very good side.”