Brian Graham will be helping Partick Thistle on two fronts this season – and he’s hoping for two barrels of success at the end of it.
The striker signed for the Firhill club in January and will now help the Jags get back up the SPFL ladder, currently in League One following relegation from the Championship last season.
But he’s got a new role too, taking over as the club Women’s team manager, with teammate Richard Foster his assistant and Ross Docherty helping out too. Whilst the pain of relegation last year stung, he’s hoping to bring the club success in two different areas.
“Personally, it has been hard to take (Thistle’s relegation),” Graham said. “I took a pay cut to come to the club because it was a family decision, then you need to take another pay cut because you’ve been unfairly relegated.
“You know what’s happened to the men’s game. We have been relegated and feel a bit hard done by but we need to get on with it we got to focus and go and win League One. The girls want to get to the Premier and that’s something that’s a great challenge for me and if I’m lifting two cups at the end of the season that will be fantastic.
“I could easily have left, there was interest in me, but I feel a connection with the club now because I’ve been through this with them and I want to help them through the other end. It was an easy decision (to stay), I wanted to stay on board with the manager.
“I think (relegation) will give us extra motivation. Now we have the dressing room the way we want it, the manager has got the dressing room the way he wants it as well and the training is at more of a high standard and we’re all pushing together. I still see myself as a Premier league striker.
“Ross County didn’t want me to go but they understood it was a family decision. I put onus on myself to score goals whatever league I’m in. I’m not saying I’m too good for League One, I’m a League One player, that’s the way I want to look at it and I’m fully focused on getting out of League One.”
Graham has also explained how his new role with the Women’s team came about: “It was something I thought would happen later in my career, but I was delighted to take it.
“First Beth (Adamson) spoke to me then I had a call with Jacqui (Low) and I was delighted to take it on board. I saw the role was advertised, I knew Beth was part of the coaching. I saw her one day and asked about it as a passing comment and it came from there.
“I knew Doc was interested and Richard was interested so I thought If I could get the both of them on board, it would be a big help. Jacqui was excellent with it and gave it the go ahead.
“I saw the Women’s World Cup, that’s when I started to take an interest in women’s football. I didn’t know much about it before then but the World Cup I think was great for the women’s game and I think it’s only going to get bigger.”