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St.Johnstone snap up former Scotland international James McFadden

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Thistle lose 5-1 at home to Motherwell. © Phil McCloy

St.Johnstone have signed former Motherwell and Scotland striker James McFadden until the end of the season. The 31-year-old was out of contract since his departure from the Fir Park side at the end of last season, but has now made the move to McDiarmid Park as manager Tommy Wright looks to bolster his side’s attacking options following the long-term injury to Steven MacLean.

Manager Tommy Wright said: “I’m delighted to have signed James. It’s no secret that recent injuries have left us short of options and he brings with him a wealth of experience at the very top level of the game and has the ability to provide us with that little spark.

“He’s signed for the remainder of the season but there’s a little bit of a gamble on the part of both the club and the player. However, we’ve held very open and honest discussions with James.

“Both parties will review things in January and if it is working out for everyone then he will be here until the end of the campaign.”

McFadden, who also spent time at Everton and Birmingham City, added: “I’ve been keeping myself fit since the summer. It’s been tough but I’ve just been waiting for the right time for me to get my boots on and start playing on a Saturday again.

“I’ve been training with Partick Thistle and I’m very grateful to them for letting me use their facilities, but come a Saturday it was difficult and I’m glad now I have something to look forward to at the weekend.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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