Falkirk gaffer lands his man
THE LEAST likely piece of Ian McCall's jigsaw fell into place yesterday when Steve Tosh was officially announced as a Falkirk player yesterday.
The manager is genuinely delighted to pick up a player who attracted offers from Scotland and England, after a full season for premier league surprise packages Livingston last year. With the deal for Brockville signed and a lucrative shirt sponsorship deal soon to be revealed, anticipation for the coming season is growing by the day.
McCall said: "I'm thrilled to get a player of his quality. Some of the other players we've signed are at the twilight of their career but the good thing about Steve is the next three or four years will be his best."
McCall revealed that originally he thought he had no hope of bringing Tosh to the club. "We've been talking to Steve for a week now. It surprised everybody that Livingston let him go after such a fantastic season," he said.
"I phoned him to wish him all the best and told him I'd have loved to have been able to afford him. But he came in and was pleased to see what we were doing here. I don't think he has anything to prove because he's a premier league player.
"Signing Steve shows we're ambitious. Steve, Mark Kerr, John Henry and Craig McPherson will make us strong in the midfield but that's no guarantee we'll win games."
McCall is determined to start his reign with a win against Gretna at Raydale Park on Saturday, a match which will pitch him against old friend Rowan Alexander's league new boys. He said: "I want to get the team into the habit of winning matches. And if you can't win then make sure you don't lose. It'll be a competitive game but we're very much finding our way and getting a shape."
He revealed that Kevin Christie will miss the match with tonsilitis, but should be fine for the following week.
Kevin James will lead the side out after being named captain for the next two seasons, so long as he breaks the curse of the previous four captains who have gone at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, The club have announced that a high profile shirt sponsor had been secured for the coming season, however, details of the company are being kept secret. And Collin Samuel's work permit hearing will be held on July 25, with videos of him in action on their way from Trinidad to be shown to the panel.
New signing Tosh (29) said he turned his back on more lucrative offers to come to Brockville. The Kirkcaldy born midfielder has a wife and two-year-old daughter to support, but was more than happy to accept the two-year deal McCall and the Falkirk board came up with.
He said: "I could have gone down south for a lot more money but the gaffer and Owen Coyle sold the club to me; they twisted my arm. I spoke to Scott Crabbe about it too. This club could be massive but we have no divine right to get out of this league. It might take a bit of time for us to gel but it we all do our jobs collectively and individually we won't be too far away."
While he was disappointed to leave Livingston and the premier league, Tosh is looking forward to the possibiltiy of a swift return. He said: "That chapter of my career is finished now. I was well treated at Livingston but the last thing I'll remember was the way I was told I could go. I wanted to stay in the premier league but I've gone to the next best thing."