Midfielder Murdoch swaps Falkirk for Fleetwood

PIC LISA FERGUSON 30/08/2010'FHS, FALKIRK FC TEAM PIC SEASON 2010-2011'stewart murdoch

PIC LISA FERGUSON 30/08/2010'FHS, FALKIRK FC TEAM PIC SEASON 2010-2011'stewart murdoch

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Stewart Murdoch has left Falkirk and signed for Fleetwood Town.

He also spent time on loan at East Fife.

Since making his debut against Partick Thistle, the 22-year-old made a total of 88 appearances for the Bairns with four from the bench following his impressive first selection by Steven Pressley at Firhill.

An equally impressive performance against Hibernian in this season’s Scottish Cup semi-final also drew praise, and current Bairns’ boss Gary Holt said he was sorry to see the Linlithgow local go.

Holt told the club website: “Stewart was a model professional in the short time I have been here and although I would have liked to have kept him, he made it clear he was keen to move on.

“He is a wonderful advert for the club having played his way through the Falkirk Academy and into the first team from a young age. He goes with our best wishes and I wish him luck in his future career.”

Murdoch was one of two players offered new contracts by the manager. The other, Michael McGovern, is expected to sign a renewal and stay with the Bairns.

Fleetwood Town are managed by Scotland international Graham Alexander, and Murdoch steps into a midfield role which has been filled by Joey Barton and Barry Ferguson in recent seasons.