Elvis nets a hat-trick while he’s on holiday

Chris Smith dealt with Farid El Alagui as well as anyone in the league according to boss Pressley. Picture John Devlin.
Chris Smith dealt with Farid El Alagui as well as anyone in the league according to boss Pressley. Picture John Devlin.
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Steven Pressley has secured a trio of signings for Falkirk this month - and two even signed while the manager was enjoying a break with his family.

Winger Andy Haworth agreed a deal with Falkirk earlier this month and defenders Chris Smith and Johnny Flynn have followed him to The Falkirk Stadium this week.

08/03/2011. Scotsman, TSPL, Sport, Football, Scottish Division 1, Dunfermline v Ross county, East End Park, Dunfermline. County's  Stuart Kettlewell goes down with Liam Buchanan challenging. Pic ian Rutherford

08/03/2011. Scotsman, TSPL, Sport, Football, Scottish Division 1, Dunfermline v Ross county, East End Park, Dunfermline. County's Stuart Kettlewell goes down with Liam Buchanan challenging. Pic ian Rutherford

“I felt with the departures of Thomas Scobbie, Mark Millar, Murray Wallace and Farid, we needed some strength and aggression. I believe Chris and Johnny give us that at the back,” he told The Falkirk Herald.

“I am more than satisfied with them, in fact I’m delighted to be working with them.”

The Bairns will be forced to pay a nominal fee to Ross County for Flynn in training compensation, but the boss believes it’s worth it to bring a player in who is capable, in his estimations, of bigger things.

“Johnny has captained Northern Ireland’s under-21s. He wants to, and is capable of, going on to a bigger stage.

“But that’s the type of player I want here. Players who can go on to the bigger stage and want to prove themselves to get there.

“He has a great presence and I’m delighted to sign him because I have tracked him for more than a year.”

Smith is another whose attitude has impressed Pressley.

The defender was released as a youngster at Rangers but battled back to win a move to Falkirk - by shackling hotshot Farid El Alagui.

“Chris probably dealt best with Farid from all our games last season.

“He has the right attitude. A lot of a character is shown when a player is released from a club and he has shown it.

“He’s another big presence and I’m looking forward to next season with Johnny and Chris at the club.”

Only a striker is missing now from Pressley’s pre-season plans, but deals for two Manchester United youngsters which swept Twitter yesterday have not been done.

And neither has any talks between the Bairns boss and Hearts.

While on holiday Pressley was heavily tipped to take over at Tynecastle and hasn’t commented on the vacancy.

But The Falkirk Herald understands he is happy to continue his job with The Bairns and not currently interested in entering the fray at Hearts.