Bairns’ pre-season kicks off at Alloa

25-06-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. STIRLING. University. Falkirk training ground. Falkirk Football Club pre-season (2012 -2013) training.
25-06-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. STIRLING. University. Falkirk training ground. Falkirk Football Club pre-season (2012 -2013) training.

New surroundings and new ideas from Gary Holt will begin Falkirk’s preparations for the new season tomorrow (Friday).

But there will only be one new player in situ for the Bairns as Scott Olumide-Durojaiye clocks on for his first day as a Bairn.

He’ll have his first training session with his new club and team-mates at Alloa’s Recreation Park, which Falkirk will utilise while the new artificial pitch is laid at The Falkirk Stadium.

He won’t be the only new face amongst the Falkirk delegation in Clackmannanshire though. The Falkirk Herald can reveal former Cambridge United assistant manager Dale Brooks will be taking pre-season training alongside Gary Holt and fellow assistant manager Stevie Crawford.

Brooks and Holt worked together at Norwich and will resume their work at Recreation Park before the club relocates to The Falkirk Stadium permanently.

That is expected to happen early in August and the Bairns will train during the day at the Wasps’ ground, while the landlord club’s part-time squad will train in the evenings.

“The facilities are excellent,” Holt told The Falkirk Herald yesterday.

“We are very thankful for them being made available and we’ll be making use of the pool and the pitch as part of our pre-season preparations too”

The head coach was in yesterday finalising the work and plans, and gave The Falkirk Herald an insight into what faces the players.

“Hard work. Simple as that. There’s no easy way of getting fit - we’ve all got to put the mileage and the running in to get the rewards. “

However, his plans are not set in stone, and while he hopes to bring the ball into play from the first session, much depends on the players.

“If they have followed their programmes and are back in good shape we’ll get the ball out, if not then we’ll need to get in shape. The programmes had three sessions a week, increasing in intensity.

“That’s the way of doing things now. You don’t really get players going away and slacking off then coming back and hammering it in pre-season anymore.

“The modern way, and in the modern game, you have to keep ticking over.”

Several out of work players have been in touch with Holt and the club requesting trials and training in the pre-season in a bid to get fit for season 2013/14, but the Bairns boss has shelved those plans for now.

“Everyone will be given a chance. They all have contracts with Falkirk - rightly and deservedly so - and they will all be given their chance to impress. They start with a clean slate and all have a chance to impress.”

Returning will be last season’s trialist Will Vaulks who penned a new deal before the summer after playing for three months without a contract.

Goalkeeper Michael McGovern’s situation will also be resolved and he will take his place between the sticks again, while at the other end of the park, Lyle Taylor - subject of much transfer speculation and scrutiny from covetous clubs - will also be back in training tomorrow.

Midfielder Stewart Murdoch, however, will be missing after signing for promotion hopefuls Fleetwood last week.

“It is a big step for him, and I hope he does well - he’s a really nice lad. Even though it is only a couple of hours down the road it is a different country,” added the manager who played at Norwich, Nottingham Forest and Wycombe.

“There will be new challenges, new stadiums for him to visit and new ways of doing things - I wish him well.”

In the meantime, the Bairns boss has new challenges of his own – setting out his first pre-season session tomorrow.