u FALKIRK manager Steven Pressley will sit down to thrash out a new contract within the next month, after dealing in David Weatherston and Kieran Duffie.
Both players have agreed new deals in principle and finer details will be ironed out to extend their Bairns’ careers.
And The Falkirk Herald understands club chairman Martin Ritchie will open discussions with Elvis to tie him down to a contract that will take him beyond the summer.
At present, Pressley is contracted until May, and a new extension will put paid to the rumours circulating this week suggesting he was a target for Northampton Town.
Talks on keeping the boss will not begin though, until Weatherston and Duffie’s contracts are nailed down.
The Falkirk forward said he was “hopeful” of cementing a deal until - at least - the end of the season that will take in two Bairns’ showpiece events.
Weatherston - has hit three goals- including one against Saturday’s opponents Dundee, and told The Falkirk Herald: “I’ve spoken to the manager about it and I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far.
“We’ve reached a cup final and a semi-final - and I’ve missed a few of them before in my career so I don’t want to miss the chance again now.
“There’s a team full of potential - I didn’t have many expectations coming in but I am enjoying playing every week and improving - the guys have a great attitude and the team is in great shape and it’s one I want to stay a part of.”
Pressley was also full of praise for the forward who he signed in August from under the noses of Brechin City.
“David has surpassed expectations and his role in the team suits him - he’s been excellent so far,” he added.
“We’re very close to keeping Kieran Duffie too and many of our young players have signed on to 2014.
“This club is built round the young players and it is great to secure their long term future - for the team and the security of the club’s interests - but also for the players’ stability.
“Coming through at a club breeds affinity and when they do move they want to see themselves, and the club, benefit.”
Weatherston is a doubt for the match with Dundee, and could join Tam Scobbie on the sidelines.
Craig Sibbald was back in full training on Tuesday and his return is on schedule.