Rakish Bingham joined Scottish Championship side Falkirk on loan in late August to further his development as a Wigan Athletic player and he’s already got stuck into life north of the border.
The 19-year-old was given his professional competitive debut by Falkirk manager Gary Holt last weekend as a late substitute against league leader Hamilton Academical and the player was delighted to have been given his chance.
“I felt really sharp though when I came on and I was really excited, it felt great to be given the chance to play and after I came off the pitch all I could thing about was the next game.
“When I was sat on the bench before I came on I noticed that it’s a lot more physical than playing in the Development Squad and that I’d have to use speed to make a difference.
“We came close on a few occasions to pulling the game back to 2-2 and I’d like to think I played quite well.”
Bingham joined the Bairns on the recommendation of his Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle, something he says has boosted his confidence:
“It’s really nice to know that I’ve had the support and backing of my manager because he’s given me a sense of belief that I can achieve good things.
“That support made me feel a lot more confident leading up to the game against Hamilton last weekend.
“My ambition now I’m here is to play as many games as I can and as a striker it’s to score goals.
“I want to work as hard as I can to play in games for my manager Gary Holt and then that way when I return to Wigan Athletic I’ll be able to feel a lot more comfortable if I am used in the first team.”
The move to the Central Lowlands is not the first time that Bingham has moved far from home, having joined Latics as a youth team player, leaving his roots in London for the chance to play at the club.
Moving hasn’t been a problem for the pacey forward though and he says he’s settling well.
“It’s been really good and I feel like I’ve fit in already.
“I feel like I’ve adapted to Scotland quite quickly and it’s the same as when I moved up to Wigan originally.
“I get on with everyone and I knew what I was coming to Falkirk to do so it hasn’t taken me long to settle.”
Another big factor in Bingham being comfortable are two familiar faces, he explained:
“I’ve got two friends I already knew up here in Olu Durojaiye and Philip Roberts.
“Me and Olu have the same agent, but I’ve known Philip for much longer and we used to play Sunday League football together when we were younger.
“It was at Under 13s at Leyton FC so we’ve known each other for a long time.”
Rakish’s next chance to play could be at the weekend when Falkirk take on Raith Rovers in the Scottish League Challenge Cup and he’s hoping to be involved in some capacity.
“I feel like I’ve got a chance of being involved at the weekend and I’d like to think I made a good impression in those 10 or so minutes I got against Hamilton.
“It’s up to the manager of course but I’m working as hard as I can and enjoying every minute.”