Falkirk land Austrian international striker and Dutch keeper
FALKIRK have signed Austria striker Roman Wallner and were last night on the brink of recruiting Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul from Newcastle.
Wallner, capped 23 times by Austria, has signed a one-year contract after leaving Austria Vienna. The 25-year-old has also played for Sturm Graz, Rapid Vienna, Hannover and Admira Wacker, and scored five goals for his country.
The player will make his debut against Gretna at Fir Park if international clearance can be granted in time.
Krul, 19, has agreed a sixmonth loan contract. John Hughes, the Falkirk manager, said: “We are delighted to bring a goalkeeper of Tim’s quality to the club.
“He is one I have watched and been impressed by on a number of occasions.”
George Craig, the club’s managing director, added: “I think it shows how far we have come when we are able to attract the Dutch Under-21 goalkeeper to the club when there was genuine English Championship interest in him.”
Krul made his debut for Newcastle against Palermo in the UEFA Cup in November 2006 and is held in high regard at St James’ Park, having signed a new four-year contract this summer.
Davie Irons, the Gretna manager, believes they must use their new underdog status to become one of the trickiest teams in the league to face.
“There is a change of mentality in the team, as I think over the last three seasons we have been favourites to go out and win every game that we have played and credit to the players that have been here, they have done that.
"Now that is changed, we are red-hot favourites to go down, we are the underdogs.
“I’ve said to the players to remember how teams in the past have made it difficult for us and to use that experience to make it difficult for our opponents.”