Barnsley: Mallan could be set for Scotland return

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Barnsley midfielder Stevie Mallan could be on his way back to Scotland.

Scottish Premiership side Hibernian are reportedly still eager to take the creative midfielder back to his homeland after failing to make his mark in South Yorkshire.

Mallan is halfway through a two-year deal at Oakwell, but played just nine times during a disappointing campaign last term.

The Scot fell victim to the club signing too many players with similar capabilities last summer.

Barnsley paid six figures for Mallan a year ago and are likely to want to recoup a big part of that fee, as well as securing a sell-on clause in any deal for the player.

Hibs manager Neil Lennon is an admirer of the 22-year-old, who kept struggling St Mirren in the Scottish Championship before moving to England.

Out-of-contract Dylan McGeouch is expected to go elsewhere and former Celtic man Lennon believes Mallan would be the perfect replacement to replenish his dwindling midfield stocks.

Meanwhile, the future of seven Barnsley players will be decided this week.

Jack Walton, Ben Williams, Romal Palmer, Amir Berkovits, Louis Wardle, Will Smith and Cameron Simpson were all offered deals when the club announced their retained list in May.

Their deals expired on Saturday and the club are expected to announce the players’ decisions in the coming days.

Goalkeeper Walton was thrown in at the deep end at the end of last season when Jose Morais chose the youngster ahead of long-term number one Adam Davies for the last three games of the season with the club fighting relegation.

The 20-year-old is highly thought of at the club and is tipped as having a bright future at Oakwell.

Walton is reportedly expected to commit his future to the Reds and fight for the starting spot under new boss Daniel Stendel, after being offered a long-term deal.

Davies is currently the only shot stopper contracted to the club after Walton’s contract ran out and Nick Townsend was released at the end of last season.

Townsend left under a cloud after missing the run-in due to breaking a finger during a training ground scuffle with Dimitri Cavare, which opened the door for Walton.

The other six all impressed in the U23s last season without forcing their way into the first team.