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Farid gets a gong but is he going?

PFA Division One player of the Year, Farid El Alagui. Picture: Gary Hutchison

PFA Division One player of the Year, Farid El Alagui. Picture: Gary Hutchison

  • by Craig Turnbull
 

Falkirk striker Farid El Alagui continued his remarkable season by scooping the PFA First Division Player of the Year.

In his first season with the Bairns, El Alagui has scored 27 goals including strikes against Rangers and Dundee United.

However, his form has fuelled speculation and the striker admits he is still uncertain over his future.

“We’ll see after I come back from my holidays,” he said.

“I’ll take everything into account and try to make the best choice for my career.”

The French-Moroccan pipped his team-mate, goalkeeper Michael McGovern, and Ross County duo Grant Munro and Michael Gardyne to receive the prestigious gong.

“I’m really proud to accept this award,” he added. “It means a lot to me when it’s the other players in the division voting, but this is also for my team-mates and for Falkirk because without them I could never get this award.

“Coming over from France was different to what I was used to but I was made to feel comfortable here and credit to Steven [Pressley] for taking a gamble on me. I wanted to say thank you and repay the faith he has shown in me.

“I could have never expected this season to go as well as it has.”

His boss, Steven Pressley, is desperate to hang onto him but believes finances will dictate what kind of new deal the club can offer him.

“I’d love to keep him. I’ll keep that No 9 jersey hanging until he’s signed elsewhere,” he said.

“We’re willing to wait to see how signing talks progress with other clubs because he’s an integral part of what we’re trying to create here. The clubs which have expressed an interest in him can offer far more lucrative terms than we can which is a concern.

“I will find a suitable replacement or have a team that can score goals from various parts of the field and that’s what we will be working hard over the summer trying to create.

“It’s a big blow to the club and supporters if he goes because he’s an iconic figure.”

 

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