Brooks looks to strike the Bairns balance

Dale Brooks. Pic by Michael Gillen
Dale Brooks. Pic by Michael Gillen
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Dale Brooks has been impressed with what he’s seen of Falkirk since arriving for pre-season last week as co-assistant manager.

But he insists Saturday’s game with Queen’s Park is important for the players, even though it is a friendly.

It’s an early introduction to structured matches for the squad after training at Alloa for less than a week, but Gary Holt’s new assistant, who will work alongside Stevie Crawford, says though the result isn’t important, the player’s will to win is.

“It is a pre-season game and it’s more about the preparation and fitness and getting some game time, but players have to have that individual mentality and want to win.

“A player should want to win every game, so although the result of a friendly might not be too important, in a way, it is.”

Brooks has been impressed by the enthusiasm of the Bairns and moved to the area this week. Now that the training and games have begun he is looking forward to the season as much as the players.

“They’re a good bunch and have worked hard this week. I know Gary and worked with him at Norwich and we work well together, we have a good relationship and he’s like me - wants things done properly.

“The squad seems to like to work hard and has a good work ethic. We want to hit the ground running and ensure everything goes to plan when the season starts. The players - and staff - are putting in the work to do that.”