James McFadden returns to Fir Park for a third time


Former Scotland international James McFadden has returned to his old stomping ground, Fir Park, for a third time as Premiership side bolster their ranks with the veteran.

McFadden, who was released by St.Johnstone at the end of last season, has signed a short-term deal until the end of January.

Speaking after signing again for the Lanarkshire side, McFadden 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.”

Manager 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 performance 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.”

The 32-year-old had been training with the Fir Park side for two months after failing to secure a contract with MLS outfit Philadelphia Union.

McFadden began his career at Motherwell as a youth before signing for Everton in 2003. He made the move to Birmingham City in 2008, before a second stint at Everton in 2011. A year later he was at the Stadium of Light with Sunderland before returning to Motherwell in February 2013 for a year and a half.

St.Johnstone offered him a short-term deal in October 2014, but was released at the end of the season and has been out of the game since May 2015.

McFadden goes straight into the Motherwell squad to face Celtic at Parkhead tomorrow.


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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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