ST MIRREN manager Jack Ross rubbished talk he was looking to bring Barnsley midfielder Stevie Mallan back on loan to the club.

The former Saints man has yet to play for Tykes' first team action since securing his summer move to the English Championship side, reportedly for a fee around £200,000.

In an interview earlier in the week with BBC Sportsound, Ross was reported as saying he was keen for Mallan to return to Paisley.

But the Buddies boss insisted his comments on the radio show had been taken out of context, and said there had been no contact with Barnsley about a possible return, and his comments should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Ross said: “I think the way it was reported in the press was very different to how I said it.

“Stevie and I do keep in contact, not every week, because I’m interested in how he’s doing because I like him, I’ve got a lot of time for him and I want to see him progress.

“I’ve seen him play with the [Scotland] under-21s obviously as we’ve got players involved in it, and I did say that, yeah I’d love to see Stevie back here, of course I would – but I want him to succeed in his move, and I know he’s determined to do that.

“People who would have heard the comments would have understood exactly where I was with that, and there’s nothing more than that in it.

"There's absolutely nothing at all in it. I was surprised with how it was reported because I think everyone listening to it would have understood what I meant.

"I was quite surprised it was reported in that sense, but listen it happens."