Falkirk Rugby Club head coach agrees new deal with Sunnysiders

Falkirk Rugby Club president Matt Dodd congradulates head coach Paul Larter on his new deal with the Cala Park side. Picture: John Devlin
Falkirk Rugby Club president Matt Dodd congradulates head coach Paul Larter on his new deal with the Cala Park side. Picture: John Devlin

Falkirk Rugby Club’s head coach has confirmed his future at Cala Park by agreeing a new contract.

Paul Larter penned the new deal last week which will extend his Sunnyside stay for at least another two years after his initial first year saw the Sunnysiders go so close for the league title.

They go into Saturday’s final match of the season at Hamilton knowing neither side can win the title, but both sides ran challengers Marr and Cartha Queen’s Park close.

Now though, preparations begin for next season, and Larter says the perfect way to start the next chapter is with a win and second-placed finish.

“Already I’ve started planning ahead for the new season, and hopefully it’s one where we go one better,” he told The Falkirk Herald.

“It’s been a great season, albeit we didn’t quite make it and that’s been a disappointment over the last few weeks, but preparations for the new season are well underway, including my own future.

“I’m delighted to have signed on for another two years and be given the chance to build on this first year which has been fantastic. I see real progress in the club and want to take things further.”

That has already included four new signings who have agreed in principle to move to Cala Park for the tilt at the title in season 2014-15.

“There’s work going on to the team on the park, as well as off it.

“I’m looking forward to working hard at the Academy side of things which is developing rapidly and will be a key element of the club within the next couple of years.

“As a first season it has been fantastic but I’ve always said I am building towards ‘when’ we go up, not if, and I’m certain that is the case.”

Saturday’s match was due to be a title decider with Hamilton and Falkirk in the top four along with Marr and Cartha who meet at Dumbreck.

However, Cartha defeating the Falkirk side convincingly earlier this month followed by last week’s late win for Marr over Hamilton renders this match a battle for second place, with the title to be decided at the south side of Glasgow.