HUDDERSFIELD Town' s Murray Wallace returned from Scotland Under 21 duty today – as Town boss Simon Grayson revealed he had turned down a string of requests to take the highly-rated centre-back on loan.
While young striker Jimmy Spencer will be at League I Brentford until November 21, former Falkirk player Wallace will rejoin the first-team squad to prepare for Saturday’s return to Championship action at home to Wolves.
With Joel Lynch suspended then hit by a shin injury, Grayson has named 19-year-old Wallace among his substitutes for the last four matches, and would be happy to do the same when Stale Solbakken’s third-place side visit.
“Murray is learning with every game he plays and every training session he’s involved in,” explained the manager after the Glaswegian figured in the Under 21 clashes against the USA and Canada in Marbella, Spain to take his caps tally to three.
“He’s a talented lad with a great attitude and while he is still on a learning curve, I certainly wouldn’t be worried about pitching him into a league game if the need arose.”
Wallace signed for Town during the January transfer window, but immediately returned to Falkirk for the remainder of last season, helping the Scottish First Division side win the Ramsdens Cup, for teams outside the top flight.
There were chances for him to return North of the border on loan this season, but Grayson added: “He’s moved away from home for the first time and we wanted to keep him around the club to help the settling-in process.