Positive signs that Micahel McGovern will remain at Falkirk

Michael McGovern could sign a new contract within the week
Michael McGovern could sign a new contract within the week

Gary Holt has been handed a major boost to his new season plans after goalkeeper Michael McGovern indicated he’s ready to pledge his future to Falkirk.

Both the 28-year-old and midfielder Stewart Murdoch were offered contracts to stay with the Bairns next term, and were given time to mull over the deals and any other offers they received as free agents.

However McGovern, the Falkirk Herald Starshot winner and two-time player of the year has always maintained it would take “a good offer” to tempt him away from the Bairns and he is now likely to stay.

Partick Thistle, St Mirren and St Johnstone were rumoured to be interested in the fan-favourite, but the formalities over the deal that was on the table should be concluded in the next week.

Stewart Murdoch has also held talks with Holt in recent weeks but has been given longer to consider the club’s offer with other options in England.

McGovern previously played for Dundee United, Ross County and Celtic but has enjoyed a sustained run between the sticks for Falkirk, landing him two player of the year awards from his peers in two seasons at The Falkirk Stadium.

He was also awarded this year’s Falkirk Herald Starshot prize by sports editor David Oliver last month. For more on McGovern’s award, see this week’s edition of The Falkirk Herald.