When was the last time you were REALLY impressed during a transfer window?
For me it was when we signed Gary Teale. I recall receiving a thing called a text message on my mobile telephone from a fellow Buddie. Now as a rule I do not tend to receive many text messages so I was surprised when my phone did this "beep beep" sound along with a little shoogle. So I removed my mobile telephone from my lower right jerkin pocket and read the happy, happy news that a player of real quality and standing within the game had signed for my beloved team. I also had a similar, although less surprised moment, when Thommo of the hawk signed for us. Anyway I recall the real deep felt joy that day when I learned that my wee club had signed Gary Teale.
Now, we have to be honest. Some will slap the happy tambourine whenever we sign a new player and proclaim things like "great piece of business", but the fact is that the overwhelming majority of signings our club make our largely unheard of by the common Buddie prior to the news of the "great signing" appearing on the twitters. Richard Tait was a name I vaguely recognised as was Jak Alnwick. Guys like McGrath, Morias, Obika and Sheron could well turn out to be more super that a can of strong Tennant's (Obika already has) but you don't get that child like excitement when learning the news that a sought after Scottish internationally recognised footballing craftsmen has chosen your club over the rest.
What a signing Gary Teale turned out to be. The sight of Thommo laying the ball off, Teale picking it up and cutting in from the right as he bore down on a certain (now championship) teams goalkeep, the excitement building as the Teale meister shyed away from personal glory but unselfishly squared the ball to yon Esmael Goncalves and the relief/joy/hope as the ball caused a bulbous swell in the back off the net to bring us of the canvas and right back into a cup final. A cup final that we would go onto win, due in no small measure to the quality of the Gary Teale (and his team mates). I could of course expand and discuss the Teale meister's huge contribution in the semi final win over the Sellick, I could but I won't as I feel the point has been made, the point has been made indeed.