Paul Watson joins Falkirk despite interest from Hibs


ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press

Paul Watson insists he turned his back on interest from Hibernian to join Championship rivals Falkirk.

The former Raith Rovers and Livingston defender was training with the Easter Road club earlier this summer as they look to beef up their defensive options for another tilt at the title.

However, the 24-year-old did not attend their training camp in La Manga last week and Bairns boss Peter Houston swooped in to seal the deal.

Falkirk crest
Watson is Falkirk’s third signing of the summer


Watson said: “I was in working with Hibs and we were speaking back and forth, but then Falkirk approached me and I was happy to speak to them.

“I met up with Peter Houston a few days ago and I was really excited by everything he had to say to me and the way he talked up the club.

“His plans for Falkirk and how to take the club forward edged me towards coming here. I liked his thoughts and ideas and it didn’t take me long to make my mind up at all.”

Watson, who made 43 appearances for Rovers last season, becomes the Bairns third summer signing following the arrivals of Danny Rogers on loan from Aberdeen and free agent Bob McHugh.

Houston told FalkirkTV: “Paul is aggressive, good in the air and organises the defence well so I believe Falkirk fans will be excited when they see him in a jersey.”