New Hibernian signing Stephen Mallan turned to a psychologist to deal with the frustration of being left out of the Barnsleyteam. “The main factor was playing,” Mallan said. “I only played nine games or so for Barnsley and coming from playing week in, week out for St Mirren to hardly playing at all was a tough, tough ask. “I found it mentally tough because I felt I could have played and obviously I got left out of a lot of squads. “It was a massive learning curve. The first three or four months were hard. I spoke to the club psychologist. He was always about the club. I would say he helped me a lot because he kept me always thinking positive and to take my chance when it came."