Bairns miss out on Swankie

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Falkirk’s cash crisis has led to another signing target being missed.

Gavin Swankie re-signed for Arbroath this week, despite reportedly hesitating over a contract renewal at Gayfield following interest from the Bairns.

The former St Johnstone and Dundee winger was a potential transfer target for Steven Pressley and Lee Bullen, but the lack of funds at the club meant they couldn’t move in.

Pressley confirmed to Heraldsport: “He is a player we liked and Lee had spoken to his agent, but that was it.

“We had to tell them that we couldn’t do anything because there were no funds, that was as far as it got.”

Swankie adds to a list including Gregory Tade and Andrew Barrowman who the Bairns boss has labelled as targets but then seen move elsewhere, with Falkirk in no position to offer deals.

And Pressley has this week warned Falkirk fans he won’t be able to add more any time soon.

Future deals rely on players moving out, and Mark Stewart’s impending switch to Bradford will have a negligible effect on his ability to wheel and deal.

“We need more players to move on,” Pressley explained. “I knew that was the situation when I re-signed the contract extension, but I have been genuinely surprised at how static the transfer market has been and how hard it has been to move players out.

“That shows the general lack of finance right across football at the moment.”

Mark Stewart is expected to sign for Bradford City tomorrow, but any compensation for the striker will not go to Pressley.

He has to move even more players out the door before he can be allowed the funds to bring in reinforcements.

Heraldsport understands Rochdale have shown an interest in taking defender Marc Twaddle to Spotland Stadium, and he could be on his way today (Thursday) but even more of the playing staff would have to move on before replacements could be hired.

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