At the age of just 20, Kris Faulds must rank as one of the youngest footballers ever to have played for the district’s three senior football teams after completing a move this week to East Stirlingshire.
And no matter his relative youth the midfield player’s switch means he will complete an even rarer feat of having turned out for Falkirk, Stenhousemuir and now Shire in three successive seasons.
The Reddingmuirhead-based player is hoping, though, his latest move will allow him the opportunity to create a fresh launch pad for his football career
which appeared to be going places when he was propelled into the Bairns’ first team while just a teenager.
The move from full-time football to League Two wasn’t part of the plan when he was at Westfield but Faulds is looking forwards, not back and is determined to get back on course.
“I am delighted to get the chance,” said Kris. “It was a challenging year at Stenhousemuir but now I am looking to get more games under my belt here and do the very best I can for the club.”
Faulds ended up at the Warriors last season after a loan spell but drifted out of the Ochilview picture and was one of a number of younger players released at the end of the season by Brown Ferguson. Despite the disappointing end to that chapter, he sees a new one with the Shire.
“I’m hoping to get into the team at the earliest opportunity and then do enough to maintain my position throughout the year. Stenhousemuir had quite a young team last year and I think they wanted a bit more experience.
“But from what I see at this club there is a good balance between that youth and experience and I hope I can add to that.”
Shire boss Craig Tully has shown he is not afraid to give kids a chance with 18 year-old Connor Greene turning into a mainstay of the side last season and another 18 year-old, Billy Vidler, signed a professional contract this week and hoping to be part of the first team squad.
It’s that kind of vision that encouraged Faulds to take the offer of a year-long contract with the Bainsford side.
“Craig has given young players a chance here and he has said all the right things as far as I am concerned about finding a blend of youth and experience so I am looking forward to working under him.”
Shire fans will be hoping that Faulds will be another hit having been schooled at the Falkirk Academy, like a number of players to have been a success at the club over the past few seasons.
Even though the dream of a career as a full-time player is further away than it was even just two years ago, Kris accepts the time he spent as part of the Bairns’s highly-productive youth system has given him an excellent grounding in the game.
“Each club I have been at has taught me different things,” he said. “The Falkirk Academy is a good school for learning football. I feel as though I was taught all the right things. They always emphasise that even if you don’t stay at Falkirk you can keep going on and I just hope that I can bring some of those things to this club.”