NEW Bairn Will Vaulks isn’t a ready-made first-team player... but he’s determined to earn a crack at it, regardless of the cost.
The 19-year-old finally completed his move to Falkirk from semi-professional Workington Reds last week.
He has been a regular fixture on the Stirling Uni training ground for the past six weeks, but signed a deal until the end of the season.
His deal is an accomodation only arrangement, and he’s willing to play for free just to have another stab at first-team football after a frustrating time at the club he grew up with, Tranmere Rovers.
“I’d been there since I was eight years old, so was delighted to sign a pro contract, even though it was only for six months.
“It didn’t work out and I had to switch to Workington semi-pro just to get games - at 19 that’s what is important, not money.
“I need a foot in the door and this is it. It’s not about the money. I’ve caught a break by getting this move to Falkirk and I’m determined to take it. If the chance comes to play, I want to be ready to take it.”
Steven Pressley will allow Vaulks to develop and assess him until the summer when a more lucrative contract - and wages - might come. The deal allows him to play between now and the end of the season if he earns the right to dislodge Kieran Duffie at right-back, where the boss sees him playing, or across the midfield and defence where he has experience.
However, all that hung in the balance when Steven Preslsey was linked with the manager’s role to Dundee United, with Vaulks’ Falkirk deal still not fully concluded.
It bore similarities to Vaulks’ at Tranmere, but worked out in the end.
“The manager here liked my game, when he was linked with other clubs it was a bit unsettling, I was thinking will it go through, and how it would affect my deal after what happened at Tranmere,
“There the manager came in and I didn’t get a chance and bought out of my contract just to play elsewhere, because I wasn’t going to at Tranmere.
“The accomodation here is spot on, the club sorted that and that’s all I wanted, I’m here to play football, its not about money it’s about the chance and I didn’t get that at Tranemre, but I feel I have an opportunity here. If the chance comes, I want to be ready.”