Murdoch moves from old to new

PIC: DUNDEE. Sandeman Street. Tannadice Park. Scottish Communities Cup quarter final. Dundee United v Falkirk. Stewart Murdoch celebrates scoring the penalty that saw Falkirk through.
PIC: DUNDEE. Sandeman Street. Tannadice Park. Scottish Communities Cup quarter final. Dundee United v Falkirk. Stewart Murdoch celebrates scoring the penalty that saw Falkirk through.

Out-of-contract Falkirk midfielder Stewart Murdoch has signed a lucrative two-year deal with English League Two side Fleetwood Town.

After more than a decade with the Bairns the 23-year-old will report for duty with Graham Alexander’s ‘Cod Army’ tomorrow, as revealed in last week’s Heraldsport.

It’ll be a change of scenery and situation for Murdoch, and a chance he’s relishing.

“I’m going from being one of the oldest boys in the Falkirk dressing room, to probably one of the youngest there.

“I’m really excited about the move, and have been impressed since they first made contact a few months ago. It’s come at the right time - I feel I need to challenge myself and take my chance when it has come along.

“The manager is incredibley experienced having played more than 1000 league games and 40 times for Scotland. I’m looking forward to working with him and learning from the experienced guys in the dressing room too.”

Alexander checked up on Murdo on the final day of last season, taking in his man of the match performance against Morton, and he had glowing recommendations from St Johnstone’s Callum Davidson. “I always used to meet Callum in the gym at Stirling when we both trained, and he knows the manager.

“He used to joke I was never out the gym, but hopefully he’s seen I work hard and passed that on.”

St Johnstone were also believed to be interested in the midfielder, who admitted he had SPL options, but chose to venture south – but did so with a heavy heart after so long with Falkirk.

He released a statement on the Falkirk club website thanking supporters, and the club for the opportunity it has given him and told The Falkirk Herald: “They’re a great bunch at Falkirk ability-wise and they’ll do well as they progress and get more experience.

“Fleetwood are a very ambitious club and the aim this season is promotion – nothing less. That is the incentive and I’m sure that will push me on to keep my place in the team - that’s what every players wants, playing every week in in a winning team - it’s really exciting.”

Gary Holt was disappointed to lose his midfield man too and added: “I wish him the best of luck - he’s a nice lad and I hope he does well.”