u DEFENDER Rhys Bennett’s deal at Falkirk will extend beyond the original January date.

The temporary switch from Bolton Wanderers for the England youth cap has seen him play 18 times for the Bairns, and score his first senior goal against Brechin.

Agreement has been reached with Owen Coyle at the Reebok Stadium and should be signed off to allow the defender to stay until the end of the season.

“Rhys has done very well for us and we are hoping to retain him,” Steven Pressley told The Falkirk Herald.

The deal was initially to run until after Monday’s match with Livingston, but should be tweaked in the new year to allow Bennett to stay.

The Falkirk Herald also understands a deal is being prepared for towering striker Jordan White.

Reports from within the Bairns camp suggest the 19-year-old will be a long-term signing from Clyde and wouldn’t immediately dislodge or replace any of the current first team.

As two players prepare to sign on, Beno’s extension means the end of the road for Laurence Gaughan’s protracted trial with Falkirk.

The Irish defender left the club last week after several weeks of assessment, and Jack Compton could also follow him out of the Bairns exit.

“We have spoken to Bradford and that is on-going,” explained Pressley.

“They have suffered an injury to one of their wingers so may like to keep Jack longer - it is a situation that is on-going.”

The winger is currently on loan at the Yorkshire club and does not feature in Falkirk’s plans for the remainder of the season, but the former Weston-Super-Mare player has attracted interest from two English clubs.

“We would like to reach a decision shortly,” said the Falkirk boss, “and I believe that’s the case for Jack too.”

The Bairns prefer a permanent deal for Compton who was demoted to the reserves by Pressley last season, then jettisoned after a pre-season bust-up with the boss in Peterhead.