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Last Updated: Monday, 13 June, 2005, 11:51 GMT 12:51 UK
Falkirk finalise Ireland signing
SPL newcomers Falkirk have completed the signing of former Aberdeen and Dunfermline defender Craig Ireland on a two-year deal.

The 29-year-old centre-half was released by Peterborough following their relegation to League Two.

"I've been after Craig for a while and I'm delighted to finally land him," said Bairns boss John Hughes.

"He's a big and strong and he has SPL experience which is hugely important. He will add a bit of stability."

Ireland, who also had spells at Dundee and Airdrie, spent four games on loan at Bristol City in February and made 22 starts for Peterborough.

"I'm delighted to join a forward-thinking club like Falkirk," added Ireland.

"I've been hugely impressed by the facilities available and ambition shown and I'm excited at having another opportunity to play in Scotland's top league."

Falkirk have been searching for a commanding defender since Kevin James opted to join St Johnstone.


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