Blair Alston says he couldn’t turn down the chance to return to Falkirk as the creative playmaker returns to the Bairns on a two-year deal.
Alston has been without a club since leaving Premiership Hamilton upon the expiry of his contract earlier in the summer. He links up with David McCracken and Lee Miller at the Falkirk Stadium as they look for a return to the Championship at the second time of asking.
The 28-year-old, who made 214 appearances in a lengthy first stint at the club, says he is eager to help get the club back to where it belongs in the Premiership.
“With what’s going on just now, there has been a lot of stress over what’s actually going to happen next,” said Alston. “But the two names always messaging me to make sure I was doing alright were David and Lee. There’s something to be said for people who actually want you at a club.
“There’s a lot of things I wanted to achieve the first time I was here that I never quite managed to do so hopefully we get ourselves out this league firstly and we’ll see what happens from there. It’s a club I had a lot of good experiences with and I probably played the best football of my career here. Hopefully I can bring a bit of that back and try and progress.
“People want to play at the highest level they can and ultimately if I could have played at a much higher level, I would have. But there’s something about the two guys here, the club and the challenge here that I had a proper interest in the moment it became an option.
“There was interest south of the border and all over the place but I am happy here. This had that exciting factor of what could be achieved. Hopefully we can go and do it this year. I’m delighted to get something sorted.”
Alston is well aware of the challenges this season will bring for Falkirk. After narrowly missing out on the League One title during the curtailed campaign last term, the Bairns’ aim will be to claim that crown in 2020/21.
But with Partick Thistle coming into the league and strong opposition like Airdrieonians and Cove Rangers to contend with, it’ll be a battle at times. Alston’s aware of that but it’s a challenge he is looking forward to.
“Hopefully this year we will win lots of games and get out the league, it’s something I was always interested in,” said Alston.
“My best memory from last time was the Scottish Cup semi-final when we sort of knew we had reached the final. There’s no better feeling knowing we had reached a final with the team we had. There were some games where it felt like we were invincible. We also had the year where Bob McHugh must have scored ten last-minute winners, and no matter how much time was left, you knew you were going to score goals and win games.
“That’s something we’re hoping to get back into the squad this year is that feeling where we are going to win games and dominate. It’s been well documented that the club wants to play at the highest level, the Premiership.
“It’s a two-year plan and hopefully we can do it in two years. It’s going to be difficult but our aim is to win this league and build from there. We certainly don’t expect to turn up and win every week.”
Co-boss McCracken added: “We are absolutely delighted to get to this point where he’s back as a Falkirk player. We know there was massive interest from other clubs so we’re delighted and I’m sure he’s going to do well here again.”