FORMER Tranmere centre-back Will Vaulks completed a swift return to full-time professional football by signing up with Scottish First Division club Falkirk for the remainder of the season.
The 19-year-old, released from a six-month professional contract by Tranmere in November, impressed Falkirk scouts with his performances for Workington in the Conference North.
Vaulks’ agreement with Workington included a clause that allowed him to move on to a full-time club when the opportunity arose. The teenager paid tribute to Workington fans for helping him to rebuild his confidence.
“The fans took to me quickly, and I appreciated their support,” Vaulks said. “It helped me win my confidence back.”
Vaulks was unwittingly at the centre of a controversy that saw Workington’s secretary Steve Durham resign this week.
Durham said his position was “untenable” after Workington were hit with a four-point penalty for fielding an ineligible player – Vaulks – against Altrincham and Gainsborough in October. Documents extending Vaulks’ loan from Tranmere were received by the FA but Workington admitted to making only a website check they had been received by the Football Conference.