Three Falkirk players will be allowed to go on loan for tasters of the “man’s world” of senior football, after out-growing the under-20s.
Head coach Gary Holt is prepared to let the teenage trio make temporary switches to build experience.
Potential candidates who have excelled at under-20s level in the past, but haven’t quite made the grade for first-team football yet include the likes of Ryan McGeever, Craig Comrie and Steven Brisbane.
The half-step of a loan move could bridge that gap and propel them into Gary Holt’s future plans.
“We’re looking to arrange a few loans for some of the players, who have maybe outgrown the under-20s, and wouldn’t benefit from another season in there, but aren’t quite ready for the first-team here yet,” the head coach told The Falkirk Herald.
“It’s important for them to experience the real world of senior football, the real man’s world, and build up experience and this is one way of doing that we’ll be looking at over the coming weeks.”
Already out on loan is Gregor Amos. The 18-year-old goalkeeper from Galashiels signed a year-long loan with Selkirk, but will continue to train with the Bairns during the week.
“I’m confident I will be kept on after this season, and I just want game time,” Amos said. “Falkirk will keep tabs so I know I have to perform.”
Meanwhile, Gary Holt is still eyeing two new recruits after signing Rory Loy and Phillip Roberts in the past week.
A central defender is s till on the head coach’s radar with Ryan McGeever expected to leave on loan in the coming weeks.
However he has moved to seal deals for forwards after Lyle Taylor’s departure left him with just one recognised first-team striker - the injured Lewis Small.
The head coach praised general manager David White for pushing through Roberts’ deal last Friday - in time to include the ex-Arsenal man against Clyde.
“David White pushed it through and got it done on time, I take my hat off too him, and it came in as a last minute type signing and he did exceptionally well.
“After a few more weeks, and a few more training sessions we’ll see the best of him – he doesnt even know all the players’ names yet. It was a positive start,” Holt said after the 2-1 win at Clyde.
Loy’s signing was revealed on Tuesday afternoon, and the forward goes into the first-team pool for Saturday’s ‘home’ match at the Bairns’ temporary home of Alloa’s Recreation Park.