Falkirk fans craving a new signing will find an oasis this week when Alan Maybury joins up with Falkirk training today.
Bairns boss Peter Houston worked with the defender at Hearts and Leicester City and will hand the reins of the under-20s side to the former Hibs player who has come to a verbal agreement to join the club.
He will sign on for the Championship campaign, as will fellow right-back Kieran Duffie.
Peter Houston insists though that Maybury will be primarily a coach with availability to the first-team.
“With a young squad it’s important to get the right man in - someone who will help, not criticise, and I think we have that. The way it will work is we’ll have a coach for the under-20s and Dale Brooks will take the day-to-day training and I’ll come more into focus towards the end of the week when we are shaping and looking at games a bit more tactically.”
That’s all in the future though and pre-season begins today with players returning having been issued with fitness programmes to follow over the close season.
Joining the group will be Alex Cooper - son of Neale - who starts a week-long trial on Monday.
“He’s a player I’ve seen do well and someone who performed well against Falkirk under-20s last season so we will take a closer look,” added Houston.
Two players who had contract offers from Gary Holt will not be joining. Talks have seen the moves for Mark Millar and Andy Mitchell taken off the table and likewise there is no firm offer for Stephen Kingsley being considered by the Bairns at present.
Swansea are widely reported to be close to a deal, but Norwich City have also emerged as a potential destination for the left-back though no bids have been received yet.
A goalkeeper was also in talks with the Bairns as The Falkirk Herald went to press last night.