It’s one in, one out at Rugby Park with Youssouf Mulumbu signing a new deal with Kilmarnock while Jake Eastwood is returning to Sheffield United.

Both players signed at the start of the season, Mulumbu returning to Killie for a third spell on a short-term deal with Eastwood signing a six-month loan deal as Sheffield United looked to build him with more experience.

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The Sheffield United loanee is heading back down south. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group / Getty Images)

It was a nightmare start for Eastwood as he made his debut on the opening day during a 2-1 defeat to Hibs. The Sheffield United loanee was substituted at half-time, suffering a torn hamstring muscle that ruled him out for two months.

Eastwood has made one Premiership squad since, featuring in the League Cup match against Dumbarton in November. But he now heads back to Sheffield United after his time in Ayrshire.

Mulumbu meanwhile will be staying around for the season as he extends his Ayrshire stay until the summer. The midfielder has made 12 appearances since returning to the club in August and has started the last two Premiership matches against St Mirren and Hamilton.

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Mulumbu has signed a new deal. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The experienced midfielder formerly of Norwich City and West Brom made a real impact during his first stint in Ayrshire and has made 44 appearances over three spells in Killie colours.

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