Falkirk players march to Aldershot for pre-season training at Army base

Falkirk will head for a pre-season training camp in Aldershot
Falkirk will head for a pre-season training camp in Aldershot

Gary Holt is taking Falkirk players back to his roots this summer - at his first ever Army base.

The Bairns will head for the barracks at Aldershot for a week long training camp which will take in two matches.

Other matches are also in the pipeline for the summer including Berwick Rangers, Rotherham and a return match with Forfar.

Players were given a Tuesday morning debrief from the management team and have been told to rest and relax for two weeks after a season comprised of 47 matches.

“We’ve also given them their programmes to follow over the summer,” added the manager.

“It is important after the season we’ve had and the ending with games coming thick and fast, that they take time to go on holiday, play golf, swim or however it is they relax and recuperate.

“Then after that break they will return to work.”

That won’t be under the guidance of the management team though. Holt and assistants Dale Brooks and Stevie Crawford will not convene training until June 26, but players will be expected to be working before then.

“They have the freedom to do their own thing and at their own pace, but we are expecting three days a week.

“We’ll be able to tell - simply on sight - who has been working and who hasn’t.

“Pre-season will be tough, but it’ll be fun.

“How we go after the initial testing period on their return depends on what condition they return in and how they’ve followed their individual plans.

“We spoke to them as a squad, and individually on Tuesday. It’s been a long season, but they have given their all.”

Holt is also waiting on a response from Kieran Duffie and Michael McGovern whose contracts expire in a matter of weeks.

“We’ve spoken again this week and I hope to get their answers shortly. At the moment there’s no deadlines but that can’t go on forever, and I need to know in order to further my plans for the season.”

Craig Sibbald is expected to sign his contract once a formality with his extension is negotiated via his agent, and talks are on-going. The midfielder will be at Aldershot however, along with David McCracken, Will Vaulks, Conor McGrandles, Blair Alston and Luke Leahy who have all signed extended deals too.