Blair Alston hopes to restore some of the feelgood factor he revelled under during his previous spell as a Bairn.
The midfielder signed a two-year-deal with Falkirk on Tuesday after a summer-long pursuit by his former team-mates David McCracken and Lee Miller.
The signing is a signal of intent from Falkirk who landed the 28-year-old over some Championship clubs including Dunfermline and sides south of the border, following his departure from SPFL Premiership side Hamilton.
And Alston is keen to give the Bairns a lift to the heights they haven’t reached since his departure.
He said: “There were some games when I was last here that we just felt invincible and that you were going to keep winning.
“We had Bob McHugh scoring about ten last-minute winners and it felt no matter how much time was left, winning or losing, we were going to score goals and win games. That’s something to get back in the squad this year.”
Since Alston’s departure the good times have been hard to come by for Falkirk. Knocked out in the play-off semi-final the following season, two campaigns at the wrong end of the second tier followed, and then last term’s unsuccessful promotion push in League One.
However the persistence of his former colleagues sold him on a significant step down the Scottish football ladder, and Alston, who will wear the number eight squad number next term sat between his new Bairns bosses on Tuesday morning and added: “They were always messaging me and there’s something to be said for people who make it clear they want you at a club rather than token gesture contact.
“There was a lot I wanted to achieve when I was here the first time but hopefully we can get ourselves out this league and take it from there.
“People want to play as high as they can and I’m not different but there’s something about these two guys here and the challenge that this year will hold. This always stood out as an exciting option. It has been of interest ever since I heard.
“I’ve had some good experiences over the last few years and some not so good, but something about feeling wanted and to be part of something, is a big selling point. There were clubs wanting kept up to date but there weren’t many options as keen as these guys.”
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