Barnsley have today completed the signing of St Mirren midfielder Stevie Mallan. The 21 year old was hotly tipped to move down south earlier in the week and has today penned a three-year deal (something Reds fans will be pleased with after the recent departures of Conor Hourihane and Sam Winnall who were only on two year contracts)
The fee as ever is undisclosed but is believed to be around £200,000 for the Scotland Under 21 international who scored 12 goals this season and helped the Scottish Championship outfit to the Scottish Challenge Cup final (the equivalent of the Football League Trophy in England) as he scored in three of the five ties but could not prevent the Paisley side from losing in the final at Motherwell’s Fir Park, 2-1 to Dundee United.
It looked like St Mirren were heading for relegation in the immediate aftermath of their cup exploits but four goals from Mallan in their final seven matches in which they lost only once saw them finish in seventh place but only goal-difference kept them out of the relegation play-off place (this no doubt helped by a 6-2 win over Ayr and 5-0 win over Raith in those final seven games in which Mallan netted three times)
In total Mallan made 112 appearances for St Mirren after starting his career with the Buddies in 2013 and scored 29 times.