Gills unveil new signing Graham Humphreys
Gills have unveiled a new
signing but he is a little overweight and at 53, a bit older
than your average player.
Lifelong blues fan Graham
Humphreys has been welcomed to Priestfield after winning the chance
to join the squad in an auction.
Graham's boss at Vokes Taxis,
where he works as a general manager, was the highest bidder at
the Evening with Martin Allen dinner last month.
Although he won’t get to play,
Graham will be joining the rest of the squad for training and will
be introduced to the fans before Saturday’s home game. He will also
be appearing in the matchday programme.
Graham was unveiled at a mock
press conference at Priestfield this morning.
Manager Martin Allen said: "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
"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
"He has strength, power, is a
good signing and I am delighted to welcome him to our
"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."
Graham, who has been handed the
squad number 53 to match his age, 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."
Graham, who has been a Gills fan
for 45 years, added: "It’s a dream come true."
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