Building work starts now for Bairns

Falkirk want to build on their cup success
Falkirk want to build on their cup success

Steven Pressley has targeted “key areas” of the Falkirk side he wants to improve in time for next season.

The Bairns boss has already begun work to build on the significant progress his players have made during the current campaign.

He’s also facing up to the prospect of losing several key names in the summer.

Contract talks are currently under way behind the scenes and Pressley is confident that more players will join David Weatherston in extending their stay at Westfield.

But there will inevitably be some gaps left in the side that clinched the Ramsdens Cup last weekend.

“Because of our budget we have to invest in key areas of the team that we cannot cover through the Academy,” Pressley told Heraldsport.

“Central defence is one, as we will be losing Murray.

“Darren Dods has been offered a further year, but nothing is confirmed yet. He has had a great season and I think he’s enjoyed the responsibility of being club captain.”

Another key target will be finding a goalscoring striker.

“The likelihood is that Farid will be offered opportunities elsewhere, which the club cannot compete with financially.

“We certainly want to keep him, but we understand that players are ambitious and might want to move on.

“If that does happen we will be looking for a new number nine.”

Heraldsport understands that long-serving defender Tam Scobbie and midfield stalwart Mark Millar are also likely to be playing elsewhere next season, although neither player has yet to make a decision regarding their future.

Meanwhile, Pressley has described winning the Ramsdens Cup as a “pivotal” moment in the club’s season.

“We now have something to show for our progress. The players should be able to enjoy our remaining matches.”