Old pals act at Falkirk for Rakish Bingham

Photo: John Devlin. 31/08/12.  Phillip Roberts.
Photo: John Devlin. 31/08/12. Phillip Roberts.
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Rakish Bingham might be a new Bairn, but he’s known some of his team-mates since he was a bairn himself.

The on-loan Wigan man played alongside frontman Phillip Roberts when the duo were nine years old, and since hooking back up with Ollie Durojaiye, Falkirk boss Gary Holt says the pair have become “thick as thieves”.

Rakish Bingham

Rakish Bingham

“I knew both before I came up here. I know Olumide very well – we share the same agent,” Bingham told The Falkirk Herald. “I knew Phillip from my Sunday league days. We were at Lakeview under-nines and Leyton under-12s before he signed for Norwich.

“He has already got a hat-trick and hopefully there will be more – hopefully there’s more for me too.

“He knows how I play, I know how he plays so he just spoke to me about what my strengths are and how I can make an impact on the team and in the league, and as soon as I play I can show it.”

The friendship was an additional bonus for Bairns boss Gary Holt in securing Bingham for the first half of the season.

13/08/13. John Devlin.  FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC relaunching programme with select number of specially signed programmes for collectors.  (DO)

13/08/13. John Devlin. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC relaunching programme with select number of specially signed programmes for collectors. (DO)

“You don’t want people to come in lost and not know anyone, so it helps that he knows Ollie and Phil and it’s something we do have a look at. It’s not a big thing but it certainly helps in settling a new player,” he told Heraldsport.

“He’s raw, young and hungry. In his cameo on Saturday we saw he’s tricky and quick.

“We know there will be up and downs but it’s how we manage them to highlight his talents. We have to enhance him and he’ll have ample opportunity at Falkirk to do that.”

Wigan boss Owen Coyle said the Championship swap would strengthen the 19-year-old and he agreed. “I didn’t take any kicks, but from the bench I did see it was pretty physical – I’m up for that.”

“It’ll make me a stronger player, and I can go back to Wigan with a bit of a platform.”