SQUAD UPDATE - MAY 2024

Following the conclusion of the 2023/24 season, Falkirk Football Club can confirm that the following players will leave the club upon the expiration of their contracts next month:

STEPHEN MCGINN:

Stephen was named Falkirk captain after arriving at the beginning of the 2022/23 season and featured in almost every game as an integral part of John McGlynn’s midfield. His experience had a calming influence as he organised the team from his holding midfield position.

The 2023/24 season saw The Bairns’ captain struggle with injury in the first half of the season after performing well in the Viaplay Cup campaign, but he continued to fulfil a crucial role as a leader within the dressing room, shown by the praise he has received from players and management alike. He went on to contribute on the park through the latter stages of the season, featuring seven times in the last nine games.

In his two years at Falkirk Stephen played 64 times and lifted the cinch League 1 trophy as captain to end his time in the Navy Blue.

BRAD MCKAY:

Brad joined The Bairns on a three-year deal at the beginning of the 2021/22 season. The central defender played a big role in his first two season at the club, playing 60 games and scoring five goals across his three years.

This season Brad featured in three of Falkirk’s four Viaplay Cup games and first two league fixtures before dropping out of the first team squad through injury. He spent the second half of the season on loan at fellow League One side Kelty Hearts, featuring 14 times as the Maroon Machine secured safety at the bottom of the league.

OLA LAWAL:

Ola joined Falkirk in the summer of 2022 after departing Chippenham Town and quickly became a fan favourite at The Falkirk Stadium thanks to his skill on the ball and unpredictable nature. He made 22 appearances in what was his debut season in Scottish football, scoring four goals and assisting one.

This season Ola made a further 18 appearances as a Falkirk player, adding another goal to his tally with a memorable strike against Alloa Athletic in front of the BBC Alba TV cameras.

Academy players Shay Burke and Max McGinley will also depart the club following the end of their contracts after spending the season on loan at Drumchapel United and Edinburgh University AFC respectively.

In addition, the following players will return to their parent clubs after the conclusion of their loan deals:

SAM LONG:

Sam joined the club on loan from Lincoln City at the start of the season and made 25 appearances for the club, conceding only 22 goals in that time. He finished top of the cinch League 1 clean sheet table, with nine clean sheets in 19 league games.

LAYTON BISLAND:

Joining Falkirk at the end of August from Dundee United on a season-long loan deal, Layton made 16 appearances for the club including 12 in the league. As The Bairns struggled with injury issues towards the end of the season, the natural right back also filled in at centre-half as we managed to maintain our unbeaten run.

ETHAN ROSS:

Ethan joined Falkirk from Raith Rovers after making a return from injury in mid-September and played 35 times for the club. The creative attacker scored twice for Falkirk, the first being a goal of the season contender against Formartine United, and the second a brilliant solo goal as Falkirk dismantled Montrose after securing the league title. He also assisted an additional four goals during his time at the club.

DYLAN TAIT:

Dylan arrived in January on loan from Hibernian FC after spending the first half of the season on loan at fellow League 1 side Hamilton Academical. He played in all 15 games he was eligible to after signing and made the central midfield slot his own after Liam Henderson dropped into defence due to injuries. Dylan scored two and assisted two in his 15 games at Falkirk.

Each player named above leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Falkirk Football Club. We would like to thank them all for their efforts while in the navy blue and their contributions towards what has been a historic year for the club, and we wish them the very best for the future.

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