Partick Thistle manager, Ian McCall, has explained how he managed to sign Brian Graham from Ross County, despite interest from multiple Premiership clubs.
The Jags confirmed the capture of the 32-year-old striker on a two-and-a-half-year deal on Thursday afternoon, shortly after announcing the release of veteran Kenny Miller.
Graham had scored six goals in 23 appearances for the Staggies this season prior to the switch and wasn’t short of January offers.
✍️ NEW SIGNING: We can today confirm the signing of striker, Brian Graham, from Ross County, subject to clearance.
— Partick Thistle FC (@PartickThistle) January 23, 2020
Not The Old Firm understands that three top-flight clubs, Motherwell, Kilmarnock and St Johnstone, were all keen on his services.
McCall won through in the end, though, and speaking at Firhill on Thursday afternoon, he explained a combination of factors helped his cause.
“There were a couple of Premiership teams in for him,” he explained. “But we obviously offered him a longer deal, and he stays in Bishopbriggs. He’s very much a family man and wanted to get back down the road and obviously that worked in our favour.”
He went on to detail the kind of role he sees Graham fulfilling.
“He’ll be a big player for us,” he said. “He’s scored goals in the Premiership and he’s a certain type of striker that I think we need.”
“I’m absolutely delighted. He’s the right type of boy as well, I know him. He’s a winner and to get him for two-and-a-half years is great.
“I felt perhaps we didn’t have enough leaders in the dressing room. He’s in every day and he’ll fall out with somebody to win.
“The bottom line is you don’t mind players on a Saturday falling out because as long as you get to that goal of winning the football match then afterwards everybody is best pals again.”