Ex-Par Kerr returns to his ‘special place’

New signing Aaron Muirhead 3, David Smith 9 and also a new signing for his second time at the club Mark Kerr 11.
New signing Aaron Muirhead 3, David Smith 9 and also a new signing for his second time at the club Mark Kerr 11.

Mark Kerr was given a huge standing ovation by the south stand when he warmed up for Falkirk - not bad for an ex-Dunfermline player.

The midfielder was confirmed as a Bairn again early on Saturday morning and he, along with fellow new signing Aaron Muirhea, went straight into Peter Houston’s first team squad.

But 11 years after last pulling on the navy blue, Kerr was brought on at half-time in the 1-0 win over Alloa – a call which came as a bit of a surprise to the player.

“It was good to get on so quickly as it shows the gaffer has that trust in me – I’ve not had a chat about my role with him yet – he just told me to go on and keep it tight,” Kerr told The Falkirk Herald.

“I was having a kickabout with the boys at half-time. I hadn’t realised I was going on and wasn’t in full warm-up mode for the game, but it was good to get on, I quite enjoyed it.

“I think the fans might have forgotten about my spell at Dunfermline – it was only nine games, I even forget I was there I’ve been around so many clubs recently!

“But I really enjoyed that huge reception I got out there. The fans were magnificent and thank you to them for it. It is appreciated.”

Kerr has come full circle since breaking through as a young Bairn at Brockville, including spells at Dunfermline, Dundee United and Aberdeen.

“Its funny to have been a youngster coming through here at Falkirk, then leaving to move on and then coming back as the older head.

“ They are good young boys in there I have trained with them a couple of days and they all seem nice lads and hopefully we work together, build partnerships and the boys go on to have right good careers.

“But for the next year and a half I hope to be part of something really positive at Falkirk. I am glad to be back playing football, but I’m especially glad to be back at Falkirk playing my football – its a special place to me.

“This club means something to me. There are other clubs you enjoy but they don’t feel the same, but I loved being at Falkirk, it was brilliant for me.

“I went on and built a career on the platform I developed at Falkirk and now I’m back to return the favour and give something back. I’ll be over the moon if that’s the way it goes, I’m sure it will.”