Final Falkirk appearance for club captain Dods

Darren Dods is not being offered a new contract
Darren Dods is not being offered a new contract

Darren Dods will lead Falkirk one final time tomorrow against Morton.

The towering defender, club captain for two years since signing for Steven Pressley in June 2011, will not be offered a new contract.

Dods turns 38 next month and has been used sparingly by Bairns manager Gary Holt since he took charge of first team affairs.

And Holt told The Falkirk Herald yesterday that Dods’ time with the club was coming to an end, but not before he leads the team out at The Falkirk Stadium one last time.

“Darren has not been offered (a new deal),” Holt told www.falkirkherald.co.uk.

He added: “The big man’s been superb but he’s the only one confirmed as not being offered a new deal at the moment.

“He wants to continue playing and good luck to him. I want to thank him for everything that he’s done for Falkirk. He’s a great professional, he’s just getting older, but good on him for carrying on, – I’ve decided to freshen it up and he’s been great.

“It’s part and parcel of the game. I just want to go a different route and free up some space in squad and Darren understands, he knows the route I’m aiming for and was great but he’ll lead the team out again on Saturday.”

Dods played for Hibernian, Inverness Caledonain Thistle and Dundee United before joining the Bairns, and scored the winner for the club’s triumph in last season’s Ramsdens Cup final win over Hamilton.

Further discussions with out of contract players in the first-team squad, will be held in the middle of next week.