AFC Fylde is delighted to announce the signing of defender Sam Graham on a free transfer. 

The 23-year-old arrives at Mill Farm on a short-term deal and is available for the Coasters’ trip to Solihull Moors in the National League. 

Sam joins up with Adam Murray’s side off the back of a successful trial period, with the centre half now putting pen to paper on a deal following his departure from Rochdale in the summer. 

Standing at 6ft3′, Sam has racked up almost 50 EFL appearances after coming through the Sheffield United Youth ranks, a place where he signed his first professional contract in 2017.

Predominantly right-footed, the Englishman has enjoyed loan spells with FC Halifax Town, Oldham Athletic, Notts County and Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners before joining Dale in 2021.

After tying the deal up with Sam, Director of Football Chris Beech said: “Sam joins us on a short-term deal after impressing in training over the last couple of weeks while being patient for an opportunity.

“Sam is a defender at heart, with a humble and honest personality supported by experience in the National League and EFL at just 23.

“Like Kyron, he has come through a very competitive Academy at Sheffield United, and he is very determined to make his mark and progress his opportunity here with AFC Fylde.

“He has a perfect opportunity with defensive duo Alex Whitmore and Harry Davis currently unavailable and will go straight into the first-team squad. I’m sure you Coasters will join me in wishing Sam all the best.”

Sam added: “I’m very happy to be here and have signed a deal with the Club after training with the lads for the past few weeks.

“It was something I wanted to get done and signed since coming through the door here, and I just can’t wait to get playing now and add my traits to the team.”

During his time at Mill Farm, Sam will wear the number 15 shirt.

Welcome to AFC Fylde, Sam.