FORMER Ayr United goalkeeper David Mitchell is hoping to establish himself firmly as the number one at Falkirk FC after signing for the Championship club from Dundee.

The 27-year-old Stevenston man recently inked a deal with the Bairns and is hoping to help them spearhead a promotion challenge.

Mitchell, who was a pupil at St Andrew's and St Matthew's Academy, has penned a deal which will keep him at the club until 2019.

Having started out at Ayr, David went on loan to Stranraer FC before making the move permanent in June 2010.

He went on to play a total of 193 times for the Stair Park outfit and narrowly missed out on automatic promotion to the Championship in his final season before signing a pre-contract with Dundee in June 2015.

Mitchell's first match for Dundee came against fierce rivals Dundee United in a match played at Tannadice in March 2016,

After acting as Scotland international Scott Bain’s deputy in the City of Discovery, he will compete with Robbie Thomson for the number one jersey.

He said: "I'm delighted with the move, Falkirk are a huge club and I'm looking forward to getting started. Hopefully we can make a run for promotion.

hopefully you can make another run for promotion, after coming so close last season, hopefully this time we can do it.

"I know it will be a big challenge but with hard work it's more than possible. Dundee and Falkirk are the two biggest clubs I've been a part of. It's a great set up at Falkirk, very impressive."

Speaking after sealing the deal, Falkirk manager, Peter Houston, said: “I am pleased to be able to confirm the signing of David, he will provide good competition for places in the goalkeeping department.

“David is a player that I previously tried to sign before he joined Dundee so he is one that I have kept my eye on for some time. “It is vital to have competition in order to maximise the best of all players throughout the squad and I will be looking for David to fight to win the number one jersey."