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Brechin City new boy recalls shock of seeing former Scotland boss Craig Levein scout him at Dundee junior ground

Former Scotland boss Craig Levein (left) and Grady McGrath.
Former Scotland boss Craig Levein (left) and Grady McGrath.

Grady McGrath has experienced a rollercoaster year.

Last June, he was released by boyhood club Dundee before taking a full-time job and signing for East Craigie, six leagues beneath the Dark Blues.

Twelve months on, he is looking to get his football career back on track with Brechin City after catching the eye of former Scotland boss, and club adviser, Craig Levein.

Goals aplenty

The step down through divisions appears to have done the 20-year-old the world of good.

He amassed an incredible 74 goals in the East of Scotland Midland League. Despite some reports elsewhere stating 72, Grady insists they have chalked off two.

This attracted interest from Arbroath and full-time clubs including Cove Rangers and Raith Rovers.

While a return to full-time football is the end goal, for now, the opportunity to play football on a regular basis, promised by Levein, was something too good to turn down.

β€œI’m really excited to join Brechin,” McGrath told Courier Sport.

β€œI met with Andy [Kirk] and Craig a couple of months ago to speak about things and I was really impressed with them.

β€œThey made it seem like a really good place to be and I know a couple of the boys that will be there.

β€œThey spoke really well and knew a lot about me and said I’d done the right thing in stepping down the leagues to come back up.

β€œIt just seemed they had done their research which was a huge selling point for me.”

Grady McGrath unveiled as a Brechin player
Grady McGrath unveiled as a Brechin player

Levein at Craigie Park

McGrath recalls a couple of games where heads were turned at the sight of Craig Levein at Craigie Park.

He admits tongues were wagging over who he was there to cast an eye over.

β€œI think everyone had been aware that he had been up to watch a few games because everyone recognised him and wondered who he had been watching,” McGrath said.

Craig Levein carries out a director of football-style role at Brechin.
Craig Levein carries out a director of football-style role at Brechin.

β€œMy dad had been speaking to the scout and realised it was me that they were there to watch, and a couple of other boys as well.

β€œIt was good to see interest from such a big name in Scottish football.

β€œIt was a bit of a shock to everyone when he turned up to the games.

β€œHe wasn’t one of the regulars!”