ST MIRREN Football have confirmed that midfielder Matty Willock will return to Manchester United.

An Alan Stubbs signing back in July, Willock made 14 appearances for the Buddies including nine starts.

The 21-year-old, who featured 12 times for St Johnstone in the second-half of last term, initially agreed a season-long loan but Oran Kearney has decided the Englishman is surplus to requirements at the Simple Digital Arena.

Willock returns to his parent club where he graduated through the youth ranks.

A Buddies statement read: "We can confirm that Matty Willock has left the Buddies and will return to his parent club, Manchester United.

"The midfielder joined Saints on loan from the English Premier League side in July and made 14 appearances in his time at the St Mirren.

"The club would like to thank Matty for his contributions and wish him well for his future career."