Bairns recruitment drive edges closer

Ryan Flynn could be next to leave Falkirk but a fee would give Steven Pressley money to recruit with. Pic Lisa Ferguson
Ryan Flynn could be next to leave Falkirk but a fee would give Steven Pressley money to recruit with. Pic Lisa Ferguson

FINALLY Falkirk’s recruitment drive is kicking into gear.

After losing Marc Twaddle and Mark Stewart on top of his 18 released players from last season, Steven Pressley’s goalkeeping target Robert Olejnik slipped through his fingers last week.

Ryan Flynn is also ready to leave the club but Heraldsport understands players will begin moving in the other direction shortly.

A loan deal for Bolton Wanderers’ defender Rhys Bennet - who captained the Trotters’ reserve side last term - is imminent.

And Pressley’s struggle will be eased slightly by funds created by Ryan Flynn’s departure.

A deal, with add-ons, believed to be around £150,000, could take the midfielder to Sheffield United early next week.

That would give the boss more room to work as he has no funds to use now and is relying on sales before signings.

Flynn was conspicuous by his absence as Falkirk fell 5-0 behind to one of his other suitors, Dundee United, but the Bairns clawed back respectability in the second half with two well-taken goals.

“Once I get money I need to prioritise who I need to bring in,” the manager told Heraldsport.

“We desperately need another goalkeeper and we need defenders plus a striker - we need strength right through the spine of the team.”

Tam McManus also missed the midweek match and Pressley fears he could miss out on the striker altogether because of his lack of cash.

“Players have to look after themselves and I think Tam might have other options open to him. The unfortunate thing is I’m not in a position to move in just now.”

The club’s other trialists will hold discussions with the club ahead of the trip to Inverurie and Peterhead and decisions will be made on taking them along, or not.

But Darren Dods’ Bairns debut is expected.

“We’ll get Darren his first 45 minutes (tomorrow) because he’s ahead of schedule.

“He needs games now and has done well working on his speed and mobility, he’s still a little bit away but he’ll get stronger and hopefully be ready for the first game of the season.

“We’ve not made a decision on taking any of the trialists with us, but there might be a new face too with Rhys, but that deal has not been concluded yet.”

Pressley will also hold talks with Farid Allagui’s agent after the trialist impressed with two goals in a week.