Owain Tudur-Jones signs for Falkirk

Owain-Tudor Jones has signed a one-year deal
Owain-Tudor Jones has signed a one-year deal

Falkirk have signed Owain Tudur-Jones on a free transfer.

The midfielder signed on early this afternoon having had his contract terminated at Easter Road during the transfer window last month.

Peter Houston had been seeking height and presence in his team and the 6’4” Welsh international fits the bill.

And moments before putting his signature on his one-year contract he spoke to www.falkirkherald.co.uk.

He said: “There was the possibility of me coming here on loan initially, but I think all parties benefit from me coming here permanently.

I can officially come here as a Falkirk player rather than a Hibs player, which I think everyone prefers.

“A signing, rather than a loan is preferred because I think there’s always a doubt or a possibility that supporters might think your heart may not be completely in it if you’re on loan.

“It’s up to people to decide whether coming here permanently is evidence of my commitment, but what I will say is I am happy to be here at Falkirk and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play some games and help the team achieve what it can this season.”

Tudur-Jones first came to Scottish attention in the midfield of Gary Speed’s Welsh team against Scotland before a move to the SPL with Inverness. After a successful spell in the Highlands Pat Fenlon signed the 29-year-old for Hibs but he found appearances increasingly harder to come by as the Edinburgh side fell out of the top division.

“Football is all about playing,” Tudur-Jones added. “If you’re not there on a Satruday you’re quickly forgotten and I think that is what has happened.

“This is an opportunity to show what I can do again and I look forward to it.

“I’d be lying if I said I know all the ins and outs of this club but I know over the years it has given the young players the opportunity to play games and that’s to their beenfit.

“I still keep in touch with guys back in Wales and at my old club Swansea and they say Jay Fulton who moved from Falkirk has done really well and is progressing.

“By the time these guys are in their early 20s they’ve played 100 or 150 league games and experience.

“If I can help them along the way then that’s what I’ll try and do.”#

Tudur-Jones is expected to make his debut against Queen of the South next weekend. He is cup-tied for this weekend’s Petrofac Cup trip to Stranraer after playing for Alan Stubbs’ Hibs side in a 2-1 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox earlier in the competition.