Falkirk land Aus­trian in­ter­na­tional striker and Dutch keeper

The Herald - Herald Sport - - Clydesdale Bank Premier League - DEREK MILLER

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.”

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