Ex-Partick Thistle & Kilmarnock defender out to convince Falkirk boss Peter Houston he deserves longer deal

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CONRAD BALATONI has already set his sights on earning a longer deal at Falkirk after marking his debut with a win last weekend.

The former Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock defender was recruited last week on a short-term agreement that runs out at the turn of the year.

The 26-year-old, who was out of contract after leaving Ayr United at the end of last season, made his bow instantly for the Bairns in Saturday’s 2-1 win away to Sligo Rovers in the Irn-Bru Cup.

And the one-time Hearts youngster hopes to convince manager Peter Houston he deserves a longer stay at Westfield by helping the Championship hopefuls recover from a poor start in the league.

He said: “The deal is just until the end of December but I’ll be looking to put in some good performances and then hopefully things will take care of themselves.

“I can only play as well as I can and I can only leave the contract stuff down to the manager.

“If he thinks I’ve done well enough to stay then we’ll sit down and talk, and if not then hopefully I’ll have played well enough to interest other teams.

“Right now, I want to stay here and do well for Falkirk and hopefully get them challenging up the league again, because I think this squad’s capable of winning the league.”

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The win against Sligo was Falkirk’s first since the Betfred Cup group stages, with the whole of August passing by without a victory.

But, with Jordan McGhee having also arrived from Hearts ahead of last week’s transfer deadline, Balatoni is hopeful the Bairns’ Irish success kick-starts a recovery in the league, starting with Saturday’s trip to face Brechin City.

He added: “Obviously, I’ve not been here since the beginning of the season, so I don’t really know how the team’s been doing in games.

“So, I can only judge things from the game on Saturday and it was a hard-fought victory, and hopefully we can continue that into the league game against Brechin City.”

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