Broughty Athletic defender Graham Hay has spoken out after finally scoring his first goal for the club against Carnoustie Panmure in the 6-2 win on Saturday since his arrival in the summer.

Graham, better known to many as Hayzer, joined the Fed from local rivals Lochee United and last played a competitive game back in January after being plagued with a groin injury. But his move to the Fed, along with many physiotherapy sessions, has seen the defender play all twelve competitive games for the Fed in the league and cup competitions this season so far.

Saturday saw him score his first, hopefully of many, for the club putting the Fed 4-0 up against Carnoustie at Laing Park and celebrate in style with his fellow players on the pitch. But when the dust settled and Graham relaxed over the weekend, he couldn’t help but think of a very close friend and former work colleague who is battling a terminal illness. Read below what Graham had to say on scoring his first goal and the reason for his dedication of the goal when he sat down with the clubs website admin team…

“Saturday was a great win for lads, a great three points. I’m chuffed to finally get back playing football after my recent injury that kept me out. When I signed for the Fed I wanted to prove to a few people that I still have so much to give to the game and my new teammates. Things have changed at the club recently of the pitch, but on the pitch, we are getting there as a team and there are some quality players in the side and we are doing well.

Just a couple of weeks back I received some terrible news about a former colleague, Graeme Campbell, who I worked alongside for a few years at the University of Dundee, we still keep in touch, but this news was devastating not only to himself but to everyone who knows him, he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The news has been on my mind daily and I just keep on thinking why him?

So for scoring my first goal for the club, it was more than just a goal to me, it was a special goal, both my uncles were Carnoustie Panmure supporters when they weren’t watching Dundee FC, however, both have sadly passed away with one also having cancer, and I’m sure when I scored that goal on Saturday they would’ve been watching down on me cursing me but also delighted for me. But for me personally, I would like to dedicate the goal to Graeme, as my way of showing him how much he means to me as a former colleague and a close friend and that I’m thinking of him going through this terrible time…”

All at BAJFC would like to thank Hayzer for taking the time out to speak with our team and send their best wishes to his former colleague and friend, Graeme Campbell, during this very difficult time…