Fans receive a parting gift as Josh Wagenaar leaves Falkirk

AS Kilmarnock fans partied infront of them a month ago, rubbing Falkirk faces in relegation misery, most Bairns headed for the dressing room.

It was the safest option with a melee underway on the Rugby Park surface, and the chosen option as the hurt and

upset of relegation hit home.

The Falkirk players wouldn't come back out to say goodbye to the fans who'd travelled to Ayrshire, but one Bairn had already said his goodbyes with a parting gift.

Goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar left the Bairns shortly after the disappointing draw, and departed without making a

single appearance for the club.

As he saw the supporters for one last

time he moved the opposite way from his team-mates and launched an immaculate goalkeepers' jersey - never properly used - into the away support.

An injury-free season from Robert Olejnik was a relatively error-free one too, and that led to a frustrating 10

months for the towering Canadian.

The only time he saw competitive action was in reserve matches at Stirling

Uni with the young academy hopefuls who've also been patiently waiting for their chance.

But Wagenaar isn't waiting around at Westfield. He has his own chance.

He's headed to the MLS in America for trials and summer training with Kansas City Wizards.

"It was a frustrating season for me," he admitted to Heraldsport. "But these things happen, particularly to goalkeepers where there's only one spot

on the team.

"Bobby Olejnik had a great season and played well for us so I had to wait my turn.

"I'm heading home to Canada, then I am going to train with the Kansas City Wizards, we'll see what happens there."

Although his first team football career has stalled since the switch north from Yeovil, Wagenaar has benefitted for

playing with an SPL club and enjoyed expanding his already broad horizons.

"I've experienced Scottish culture and it's a beautiful country. Everyone I've met has been great.

"I've even worn a kilt and I'll definitely wear it again.

"It's very free and I think I look pretty good in it too," he joked after donning national dress for the Falkirk players' awards ceremony.

"This time last year I was looking forward to the season and really optimistic, but it's not worked out the way

I wanted but I've really enjoyed my time at Falkirk.

"To be honest its not really ended the way any of us hoped either. The team deserved to stay up, everyone was great.

"I think that was the tightest group of players I've worked with. Everyone is so close in the locker room."

Wagenaar's difficult season extended that little bit longer though.

After a season full of warm-ups and half-time kickbouts with the likes of Ryan Flynn, Mark Stewart and Jack Compton

he headed south with the Canadian national squad to provide a pre-World Cup warm-up for the likes of Lionel

Messi, Carlos Tevez and Juan Roman Riquelme.

To cap off an altogether miserable time,

Wagenaar watched on from the bench, yet

again, as his nation was routed 5-0.