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INTERVIEW: A really good challenge

21 May 2014

Mark Beck on his loan spell with Falkirk

We caught up with striker Mark Beck following his half season loan spell at Falkirk.

"It's been a really good challenge for me," he said. "We were obviously trying to get promoted which is a whole new experience for me. I've never been in the play offs or anything like that so it was really useful. 

"Things were a bit different in terms of style of play as well. Getting games was the main thing and I've gained a lot of experience from playing week in week out. It did take me a couple of games to get into the swing of things but after that I blended in well with the squad and they've got a good bunch of lads up there. 

"For the first couple of games I was only used as a sub but once I got used to the style of play I got into the starting line up and managed to stay there which is good. I got a good run of games which was vital for my development and it gave me a lot of confidence."

"It was good to play with Rory [Loy] again," he confirmed. "He's a great player and I thought we linked up quite well. Obviously he was down here last season and it was nice to have someone I knew up there. 

"Hamilton are a good side but it was tough to lose in the play offs. They're similar to a league one side, they're very strong and physical and in the end they probably out battled us. We had a lot of young lads in the side, I was actually in the old team in training and I'm only 20. 

"It was good to get a few goals and Falkirk have got a really good fan base so it was nice to play in front of them."

And on his plans for next season, he said: "I'm just focused on coming back to Carlisle, I want to come back in pre season as fit as I can be and push on next season. 

"Brad [Potts], Dave [Symington] and Mark [Gillespie] came up and watched the second leg of the play offs, I spotted them in the crowd before the game and then I had a chat with them afterwards so it is nice to know they've supported me. It was nice to see them and they've been up a couple of times to see me so I'm looking forward to being back in amongst them. 

"The first result I checked after our matches was the Carlisle one. It was hard to take when I saw we were getting beat every week and I knew I couldn't do anything about it. 

"I'd be checking the scores straight after we'd played and just hoping that Carlisle had won because I knew how much we needed to. It wasn't very nice really because I knew it was out of my hands. 

"Even though I was out on loan it was just as disappointing for me to see us get relegated. Nobody wants that and I know how much it means to all of the lads. 

"Saying it was worse for me is probably wrong, but it's difficult to describe how I felt. I found it really tough to watch it and not be able to help because Carlisle are my team. I spoke to the lads afterwards and they were all devastated, I think we're all looking forward to trying to put it right next season now. 

"I'm really looking forward to pushing on and hopefully playing some games here next season. My experience at Falkirk has helped massively, I'll go away and have a couple of weeks rest then I want to hit the ground running when we come back." 

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