With St Mirren firmly in a relegation battle, their cause can’t have been helped by losing their most influential player so far. Adam Hammill will leave a gaping hole in the Saints’ final third.

What’s tricky to comprehend is why was he only offered a six-month contract in the first place? The Buddies snapped up the Englishman on a deal until January but with the option to extend. Barnsley were relegated to the English third tier, therefore releasing Hammill.

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Adam Hammill of Barnsley during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Wolverhampton at Oakwell Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Barnsley, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

St Mirren swooped and eight goal contributions were to follow. They’ve only scored 15 league goals in 21 games.

Therefore he’s contributed to over half their goals. The people of Paisley would have been more confident of survival, should they have kept a hold of their number 77.

21st November 2017, Oakwell, Barnsley, England; EFL Championship football, Barnsley versus Cardiff; Adam Hammill of Barnsley FC edges past Bruno Ecuele Manga of Cardiff City  (Photo by Mark Cosgrove/Action Plus via Getty Images)

However, according to the Scotsman, it appears Hamill has chosen family first.

“I really enjoyed it, but it was difficult living away from the family, so that was one of the main reasons why I chose to join Scunthorpe.” With both his former club and now his current club looking to survive in their respective divisions, he seems to relish a relegation battle.

“It has come full circle and I am back again, so I am delighted to get the ball rolling and to start at Scunthorpe. We will be looking to push up the table.”

What remains to be seen is who St Mirren bring in to replace the departing Hammill. A bit of quality is an absolute must. They need bodies in and need them quickly if they want to preserve their Premiership status.

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