Motherwell FC has today (Friday) completed the signing of James McFadden on a short-term deal until the end of January.
The 32-year old front man, capped 48 times for Scotland, makes an emotional return to the club where it all began for a third spell in Claret and Amber.
He was a graduate of Motherwell’s Elite Academy, making his debut in 2000, and enjoyed three very successful years before joining English Premiership side Everton for a fee that eventually rose to around £1.8m.
‘Faddy’ became a Scottish football icon for his exploits with the National team, but always retained a close affinity with the Steelmen.
A subsequent £5m move to Birmingham followed in 2008 and he was three years at St Andrews before brief spells back in the Premiership with Everton and Sunderland.
He returned home to Fir Park in February of 2013, recapturing some of his early career form, helping the club finish second in the last ever SPL.
He stayed on for another year, and Motherwell again finished league runners-up in the new SPFL Premiership, with 22 wins from 38 games, but left at the end of the campaign.
A year at St Johnstone followed, but after leaving McDiarmid Park in the summer, the ‘Well legend has been training with the Steelmen for several months.
His performances at Dalziel Park and his fitness levels have prompted Mark McGhee to offer him a short-term deal, which will expire at the end of January.
[pullquote]I am delighted to be back, the club has always had a special place in my heart and I’ve always had a close bond with the supporters.[/pullquote]
Speaking to MFC TV, McFadden, who will wear the number 24 jersey and is available for tomorrow’s match at Celtic Park, said: “I am delighted to be back, the club has always had a special place in my heart and I’ve always had a close bond with the supporters.
“I’ve been training hard, feel fit and I’ve attended almost every game this season and I really believe I can help out. From my point of view, it obviously helps me get some game time.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with the manager here. Although I’ve never previously worked with him, it’s clear he’s a straight shooter and he’s not one for sentiment, so this is about what I can contribute on and off the park when I am here.
“I feel fit, I’m ready to go if selected and I just cannot wait to get started again.”
‘Well boss Mark McGhee added: “Faddy has performed superbly well in training and deserves a chance here.
“It’s fair to say he’s not doing this for the money, purely a love of the game and a desire to help.
“I see him as a great character to have about the club, he’s a winner, he passionately cares about how this club performs and that sort of enthusiasm will, I think, help inspire some of the youngsters about him.
“We’ve made no secret of the fact we plan to accelerate young talent into the side, but to do that, you also need good experienced pros who can help them on and off the park. We have that, and James is another who can help us on our journey, even if it is only for the short-term.”