Livingston manager David Martindale has confirmed that Joel Nouble will return to the club in January after a stint on loan at Arbroath saw him catch the eye – with the Livi boss confident he will help his side in the second half of the season.

Nouble has become a cult-figure at Gayfield, scoring five times in 17 appearances and picking up the Championship Player of the Month award for September to help Dick Campbell’s side to second place in the league.

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While Nouble will return to the Tony Macaroni Arena, Martindale hinted there won’t be many other comings or going when the transfer window opens in the new year.

“You always want to get your business done early if you can. We’ve got big Joel coming back from Arbroath,” Martindale said [West Lothian Courier]

“I’ve spoken to Dick Campbell about that and he knows the situation. Joel has done everything asked of him at Arbroath and will add to our squad.

“That could possibly lead to someone heading in the other direction but, I’m not keen to move anyone out of the door.

“I’ll not stand in anyone’s way if they say they want a move for more game-time but I’m not actively looking to move anyone on and there will probably only be one, maybe two, coming in.”

Whether there are any more transfers at Livi in January, Martindale will be hoping they can start pulling away from the foot of the table and avoid getting sucked into a relegation battle with the likes of Dundee and Ross County.

It’ll be interesting to see how Nouble does once he returns and the former Aldershot star’s impressive performances for the Red Lichties so far this season bodes well for Livingston.

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