One Thing to Care About

GRAHAM Carey will be heading to Wembley solely focused on the game ahead.

The Irishman, recently voted Pilgrim of the Year, already knows that he will be a Pilgrim next season - and would certainly prefer to be a League 1 Pilgrim. Argyle meet Wimbledon on May 30 to determine the final team to be promoted from Sky Bet League 2. 

Carey, like several of his team-mates signed by Derek Adams, signed a contract that included a clause triggering a further year should a certain number of games be reached. This was activated during the season's run-in, meaning Graham can focus on one of the biggest games of his career that lies ahead. 

"I am here next season," said Graham. "There is a few of us that have played enough games to trigger the extension and I am one of them. It is good that it is not at the forefront of my mind and I can just focus on football. My intentions were to stay here next season no matter what, so hopefully that will be in League 1."

"When I moved down everyone made me so welcome; when the sun is out it is a great place to live. I don't think there is any better place to play football in my opinion. As a family it is a great place to be and I am really happy in myself and in the football."

Graham celebrated his 27th birthday on May 20, but celebrations were limited to a civilised game of golf on the day - more serious celebrations were put on holds until after the trip to Wembley on May 30.

"The celebrations can wait till after the final," said Graham. "It is weird because I am usually finished by now and I can go and enjoy my birthday, but I would not have it any other way. We have worked hard this season and celebrations can be on hold and hopefully one more 90 minutes and we can do it."

Graham says he is enjoying his football, and that is helped by the freedom that he has been given by the Argyle staff to be expressive on the pitch.

He said: "We are doing a job that we love to do. Getting paid to play football is something you want to do growing up. 

"The older I have got I think you can't take it for granted. You need to enjoy every minute. When I did my anterior cruciate ligament I was out for 11 months. That was a big stepping stone in my development as a person. Being out for that long you realise how much you love the game. 

"Especially in the position I play. The staff have always told me to go out with freedom and create and as long as I work hard off the ball they will continue to give me the freedom to play. It is probably the best way to play football."

Argyle will take to the field in front of several of Graham's family members, but the Irishman is not there just to soak up the occasion. Graham wants to take Argyle into League 1.

"My grandparents and my mum and dad are coming for the game. My girlfriend's family are coming down. It should be a great occasion but it means nothing if we don't go and do the job.

"We want to enjoy it because we have worked hard to get there but we know there is a job on to go and get the result."