Loy to ditch Falkirk for Dundee

Rory Loy set up David Smith's winning goal against Brechin City on Saturday. Picture: Alan Murray
Rory Loy set up David Smith's winning goal against Brechin City on Saturday. Picture: Alan Murray

Rory Loy has signed a two-year deal with Dundee, to begin when his contract with Falkirk expires this summer.

The Dens Park side announced the pre-contract signing this afternoon after speculation in this morning’s national newspapers.

Loy had previously indicated to The Falkirk Herald his contentment with how his season and a half had been at The Falkirk Stadium and he told reporter Chris McCall “I love it here,” a fortnight ago.

But the deal announced today will be a hammer blow to the Bairns who had been striving to retain the striker’s services. The Falkirk herald understands several contract offers from the Bairns were placed on the table for the ex-Rangers and Dunfermline striker to sign and the offers would have made him the highest paid player at the club, said executive director Ronnie Bateman.

“It’s disappointing to lose Rory. We had made another offer just last week and were waiting to hear back.

“Peter Houston, and the club as a whole, were very keen to keep him and therefore we made him what we consider to be a very attractive offer – the best we could. Today’s news is a disappointment for us.”

However Loy, who arrived at Falkirk in summer 2013 from Carlisle failed to sign the deals and secured a three-year deal at Dens Park this afternoon.

The Bairns rejected two offers during the transfer window for the striker, both from Hamilton.

But the offers were knocked back with Peter Houston stating the cash on offer would not compensate the potential fees Loy’s goals and forward play could potentially generate in the promotion race, play-offs and Scottish Cup run.