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From football to law - Stockport CEO swaps board room for court room

Former Stoke, Preston, Plymouth and Rochdale player Graham Shaw has left his post as Stockport County's chief executive to become a lawyer.

Having previously qualified as a lawyer, Shaw has been appointed to head up national law firm GT Law’ s new sports management division. During an 11 year playing career, the 44-year-old former striker made nearly 300 appearances in the Football League.

And one of his main aims will be to give jargon-free legal support to players. “I wish there was someone fighting my corner when I was a professional." he said.

"Of course professional sport has changed and now expert advice is the norm rather than the exception.

“We already represent a number of sportspeople who recognise the importance of having a lawyer who is a former professional footballer looking after them."

GT Law is the principal sponsor of Stockport County and represents a number of players at the Club as well as advising undefeated super middleweight Rocky Fielding about contractual issues.

GT Law director Gordon Tucker added: “GT Law is already one of leading law firms in the UK specialising in personal injury. Graham’s appointment means we can extend our friendly, jargon-free approach to sports professionals.

”Graham was well respected as a player and as a football administrator. It is this experience and his legal qualifications which mean he is well placed to advise about possible pitfalls and ensure clients get the fairest deal.”

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