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It’s being reported that former Claret Ross Wallace, who has been without a club since leaving Fleetwood in September, is training with Scottish Premiership side St Mirren.

1415 burnley ross wallace 00 300x400Having been a regular in the Fleetwood side during the 2018/19 season, he didn’t initially sign for the current season but eventually signed a short term deal. He got back into the squad and made four appearances in league and cup during August although all four were as a substitute.

But it was the loan signing of Jimmy Dunne from Burnley that saw him leave Highbury with Joey Barton, another ex-Claret, explaining that they needed a defender and one player had to be sacrificed. He said: “Ross had done fantastically well for us but we have all seen with the case going on at Bury that clubs have to balance the books. I did not have a centre half, so in essence I had to swap Jimmy Dunne for Ross Wallace because I needed cover in that area.”

He added: “I’m disappointed for Ross. I do still feel he has an awful lot to offer and I do feel that if we had more room in our budget I’d definitely have kept Ross on. He was great for us last year, robust and played a lot of games. I have no doubt he will pop back up somewhere because he is a quality player. We are disappointed to lose him as a man too because he has been fantastic around the group but you have to balance the books, that is football.”

Wallace started his career with Celtic but left Scotland to join Roy Keane at Sunderland before moving on to Preston. He signed for us in the summer of 2010 and went on to make just short of 150 league appearances for us in five years before enjoying three years at Sheffield Wednesday prior to his move to Fleetwood.

Now aged 34, he hasn’t played any football since August when he was used as a substitute in Fleetwood’s 2-0 home win against Accrington, but reports suggest his next club could very well be St Mirren to bring him a return to Scottish football.

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