James McFadden has made a sensational return to his first club Motherwell until the end of the season, after ten years away from Fir Park. The Scotland international who has had to endure an injury plagued three years, returns north after his short-term contract with Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland ended in January.
The 29-year=old striker, who made his debut at a 17-year-old, scored 32 times in 70 matches for the Fir Park side, before signing for Everton in 2003 for £1.25 million.
After spending five years at Goodison Park, McFadden moved to Birmingham City for £4.75 million. Three years later McFadden returned to Goodison Park for one season and left in July 2012, before a short-lived stint with Sunderland till January 2012.
While at the Stadium of Light, McFadden made just three appearances in as many months, playing a total of 34 minutes.
Capped 48 times for Scotland, McFadden was delighted with his return to Fir Park. Speaking to Motherwell’s official website, he said: “I am really pleased to be back here at Motherwell. I need to get back playing competitive first-team football and this is the best place for me. The team are flying high near the top of the table, but I hope I can add something to that over the next few months.”
News of McFadden’s signing saw the Motherwell website crash with fans welcoming his return.
He could make his second debut for the Fir Park side in tomorrow night’s league game against Dundee United at home. A game which is sure to see an increase in home supporters expecting to see McFadden take to the field.