Club News

NEW LOAN GRAHAM WEBSTER

Tue 24 Jan 2012

 

Jim McInally was able to make his first Peterhead signing last week when he brought Dundee midfielder Graham Webster to the club on loan for the rest of the season. Graham has already played first team football for the ‘Dee, yet still qualifies to play at Under-19 level, and is regarded by Dens Park boss Barry Smith to have a real future in the game. The switch to Balmoor should prove a “win-win” situation for all concerned, with Graham gaining valuable first team experience while Peterhead have the benefit of securing the services of a young full-time player who is eager to learn his trade.

 

graham webster

BORN: Dundee 10.12.92

CLUBS: Dundee, Peterhead (loan)

CAREER APPEARANCES: 4

CAREER GOALS: None

Despite his age, Graham has already formed a strong physique and is unlikely to be intimidated by the rough-and-tumble of the Third Division. He is seen as a box-to-box midfielder who is just as comfortable defending on the edge of his own penalty area as he is moving upfield to support the attack. Jim McInally suggested that his main priority this transfer window was to improve his defensive options, if at all possible, but he has been frustrated in his efforts so far. However, in the meantime Ryan Strachan has been a revelation since dropping back into defence and Graham Webster will be aiming to prove that he is more than capable of filling any midfield vacancy that might have arisen.

Last season was one of turmoil at Dens Park with the club being forced into administration, and having a transfer embargo placed on them. One of the advantages of Dundee being unable to sign any players was that it presented opportunities to some of the younger players on the club’s staff who were handed first team experience sooner than they might have done otherwise. Graham Webster was one such player, and having been named as a substitute several times during the course of the season, he was handed a starting place for the first time against Stirling Albion last April and added a further two appearances before the season ended.

Dundee had their transfer embargo lifted last summer and were able to strengthen their threadbare squad. That meant that Graham’s hopes of earning an extended run in the side suffered a set-back, and as a result he has only had one first team opportunity this season, coming off the bench for the final 15 minutes in the narrow Ramsden’s Challenge Cup defeat to Falkirk back in August. Graham’s prospects suffered a further blow in October when Dundee signed Scotland international Gavin Rae, a player who plays the same position as Graham, and similar in style to the young midfielder.

We wish Graham all the best for his stay at the club and hope that the experience he gains at Balmoor will stand him in good stead for the future.