Blue Square Bet
Published 20th June 2012
......former Forest Green Rovers defender Luke Graham.
Kettering-born Graham arrived at The New Lawn for his second spell with Forest Green in July 2011 on a two-year contract with a CV boasting plenty of Conference Premier experience.
Graham has turned out for the likes of York City, Luton Town, Kettering Town and Mansfield Town in the top flight of non-League football after kick starting his career at Northampton Town in his youth.
It was in his time at Northampton that Graham experienced his first spell with Forest Green in a season-long loan deal and Dave Hockaday brought him back to the club before the start of last season hoping his play-off experience with Luton and York would help boost Rovers.
He made twenty-eight appearances last season for the club and captained the reserve team to the Football Combination Southern Division title with his impressive versatile displays ensuring he proved a popular figure with the Rovers supporters.
He was previously a part of the Republic of Ireland under-18’s squad and also featured in the Wales under-19’s squad managed by goalkeeping `legend` Neville Southall.
When Graham was on the books at Northampton he also spent time on loan with Aylesbury United and Billericay Town as well as a loan spell at King`s Lynn when he was contracted to Kettering.
Foyle said: "Luke's a player I had at York City, an excellent centre half, who did a fantastic job for me.
"We got to the play-off final together then he went to Luton Town and got to the play-off final again, so he's a very experienced Conference player.
"I feel like I've got a good deal really, he was still under contract at Forest Green Rovers, but they came to an agreement on his contract and I've picked him up at the other side."
Foyle is hopeful that Graham can add some serious competition for the two centre back spots, with Stefan Stam and Michael Townsend already signed on for the coming season.
"He's 6`2”, can play left or right side at centre half, and just gives me more competition for places."