Falkirk's raw potential attracting interest, says Peter Houston

By Phil GoodladBBC Scotland
Falkirk players celebrating
Falkirk are unbeaten so far this season

Falkirk manager Peter Houston believes a mixture of "raw potential" and first-team experience is the reason his players are attracting attention.

Botti Biabi is the third player in the last 18 months to join Swansea from the Bairns for a six-figure sum.

"[Swansea] see what they got from the Jay Fulton transfer - a young player who'd played 150 times for us at only 19," Houston told BBC Radio Scotland,.

"[They] see them develop better than the players they already have."

Biabi, 19, follows Fulton, 21, and Stephen Kingsley, 21, in joining the Swans and Houston believes others from the Forth Valley football academy could secure moves south.

Falkirk manager Peter Houston
Former Falkirk player Houston returned to the club as manager last year

"Swansea are being very clever," said Houston "They see raw potential up here at Falkirk.

"[A six-figure sum] is a lot of money for a club like Falkirk but not a big outlay for them.

"I've got another couple of young strikers at the club who may go on and do the same thing as Biabi. These young guys will get a chance to play for the Falkirk first team."

Falkirk's young side reached last season's Scottish Cup final, where they were beaten 2-1 by Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

And the Scottish Championship side, who brought experienced striker Lee Miller back to the club following Biabi's departure, are unbeaten so far this season having progressed in the Challenge and League Cups and taken four points from a possible six in the league.

"We work very hard," added Houston. "We go out and scout players at 10-12 years of age - that's when they come in.

"Our coaches are very good at developing players so that when they come to me they already have good habits put into them."

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