Deal for Dods edges closer to conclusion

Pic Michael Gillen 03/03/2009. FHS; The Falkirk Stadium; Falkirk FC v Dundee United. Michael Higdon (11) and Darren Dods (5).
Pic Michael Gillen 03/03/2009. FHS; The Falkirk Stadium; Falkirk FC v Dundee United. Michael Higdon (11) and Darren Dods (5).
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Falkirk are poised to complete their first signing of the close season next week.

The deal to sign Darren Dods is at an advanced stage and a medical will take place today (Thursday).

More talks to iron out the deal’s finer points are needed though with club officials hopeful the signing can be concluded next week.

Bairns boss Steven Pressley remains hopeful of getting his man. “I have always said a centre back was our priority for the close season,” he told Heraldsport.

“If we manage to secure a deal for Darren I believe he’s the type of player our fans can look to for leadership on the park as a strong centre-half.”

It will provide a boost for the Bairns who have recently seen other targets Grant Munro and Andrew Barrowman move elsewhere.

Steven Pressley, though, is not panicking and admitted that on the whole the transfer market is quiet at the moment.

“There hasn’t been too much movement,” he said.

“There are still a lot of players out there and I’ve had a few names thrown at me recently.

“I am planning to take in three of them as trialists for a closer look at pre-season training.”

Ryan Flynn’s rumoured switch to Hearts is still no further forward, and neither is the interest in Mark Stewart from St Johnstone nor Tam Scobbie’s potential move to the SPL.

The expected signing of Dods is the first piece in the jigsaw for Steven Pressley’s side and he could feature against Leeds United in a friendly next month.

The Yorkshire club has admitted it is considering a match at The Falkirk Stadium but the agreement to come north has still to be signed off by the clubs.

United could be added to a list that now includes Alloa where Pressley will face former team-mate Paul Hartley in the opposite dug-out on July 2.

“I’m very pleased with our friendly match opponents,” he added, “and I’m looking to add even more if possible.”

The Bairns also have a closed doors agreement with Dundee United and are expected to announce a date for another home match with an English football league side shortly.

The squad for the trip north to play Inverurie and Peterhead will include eight 16-year-olds making the step up to the senior squad for the warm-up matches, and with plenty of squad space, all have the chance to stake a claim in the manager’s plans for the new season.