BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
Peter Houston has hailed Mark Kerr as the ‘model professional’ after the experienced midfielder penned a new deal with Falkirk.
The former Dundee United and Aberdeen player joined the Bairns for the second time 12 months ago after leaving Queen of the South and his contract was due to expire in the summer.
However, he has followed team-mate John Baird and Houston himself in agreeing fresh terms in the last few days and will spend at least another season with his first senior club.
Houston, whose side face Livingston today seeking to stay second in the table, said: “Mark is a model professional, who is a fantastic player for us both on and off the park.
“His fitness levels are really good and he’s enjoying his football here.
“He has been great since he came back to the club and I’m delighted to see him extend his stay.”
Falkirk travel to face Livingston this afternoon in high spirits after last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Hibs that kept them second and sandwiched between the Easter Road side and leaders Rangers in the Championship title race.
And Will Vaulks, who has shrugged off supposed interest in him from Sporting Lisbon, Rangers and Celtic, reckons the Bairns could have pulled off a masterstroke getting midfielder Conor McGrandles back on loan from Norwich City for the remainder of the campaign.
Vaulks said: “Conor’s still the same as he was when he left, still nutmegging people!
“I’m sure he’ll have an impact towards the end of the season and show what he was like towards the end of his time here when he was running games.
“He’s a very talented player and we’re lucky to have him back, I think.
“It’s not been hard for him because there’s a lot of players who were here when he was. We all know him well and it’s easy to get along with the new boys who have come since he left.
“It’s a really good dressing room at the moment, everyone gets on well, and within a few hours he felt right at home.”