As part of the club’s ongoing relationship with Forth Valley College, Digital Media Student, Ellis Wilson, spoke to new signing Blair Sneddon…
Falkirk’s new summer signing Blair Sneddon revelled in his dream move to Falkirk, stating it’s a dream come true in an interview with Ellis Wilson after last week’s announcement. Sneddon, who made the switch from Carmuirs Park was announced shortly after Gary Miller’s contract extension announcement with The Bairns. Sneddon stated on the move:
‘It’s just a really good feeling, I don’t know how to describe it, I think it will be different when I get back into training again and get things going, it will feel more real because it’s obviously every wee boys dream to be a football player and I’ve finally made it. It’s just a really really good feeling to finally get there.’
Sneddon who featured regularly for Camelon Juniors also believes the rough and ready nature of junior football will set him up well for the Scottish Men’s professional game.
‘Yeah I suppose so, I’d say it was because there was a lot of big people and it was a big step from playing people my age to then going playing people who are so much bigger than me, so much taller than me you know, you’ve just got to be smart if you’re somebody my size. Also, you need to not be afraid to go into a 50/50 or something like that in that type of league.’
Blair also believes that this experience within the junior league will be beneficial allowing him to play his style of play.
‘Yeah, I like to go past people, I like to get the ball and run. I’m not the fastest but I’m quite quick with the ball at my feet as well, I get up and put the ball in the box, I like to put crosses in from my positions and stuff, it’s just how I play you know.’
A friendly against a strong Stenhousemuir side gave Sneddon the confidence that the jump up three tiers of the Scottish football pyramid scheme won’t faze him.
‘We played against Stenhousemuir back in a friendly before lockdown and we drew with them 2-2 or 1-1 something like that and I felt really comfortable in that game. It was an easier game for me to play; it was one of the games I started to play fluent more and they said if you play well in this game, you’ll start to get more game time.’
The chance to learn under the experienced Paul Dixon is also a major driving boost for Sneddon and his development.
‘Yeah Paul Dixon has lots of experience you know, he was at Dundee United as well and he’s had a lot of experience at the left-back position and I reckon even just sitting watching him and joining in and stuff like that I reckon I can learn a lot because he’s obviously been very successful at that position.’
The overwhelming support after the announcement will be sure to spur Sneddon on, after having such backing upon his signing, as well as monumental Instagram account growth.
‘I posted on Instagram and think it was about a thousand likes and one hundred or so comments on it, so it was just really good. It’s a really good feeling to know you have that many people supporting you and stuff and you never really realise it until something like this happens.’
Sneddon, from Falkirk himself, believes the hometown setting will help him settle within the squad to kick start his Falkirk FC career.
‘I just need to go on and if I do get an opportunity grasp it with both hands and show them what I can do.’
Blair gave an insight into what the fans can expect when the youngster finally makes his Falkirk debut.
‘Hard work definitely, I need to go on and prove myself to them because most of them haven’t seen me play, so obviously I need to go on and make an impact.’
Sneddon’s personal target is to try and push for as many starting appearances as possible when the football is underway again.
‘Just to push into the starting eleven regularly, that’s what I want you know, that would be phenomenal to do that you know.’