McFadden opts for first-team Motherwell action after Sunderland release

James McFadden, who has rejoined Motherwell
James McFadden, who has rejoined Motherwell
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RELEASED Sunderland forward James McFadden admits the prospect of regular first-team football was the key factor in re-joining former club Motherwell.

McFadden last night agreed a deal until the end of the season with the side currently lying second in the SPL and he is expected to make his first appearance for the club in a decade in tonight’s Fir Park clash with Dundee United.

The Echo revealed at the weekend that McFadden was training with Motherwell after his short-term contract at the Stadium of Light expired last month.

McFadden had similarly kept in shape at Fir Park in the summer, only to reject the chance to sign a deal with the club, as he managed to earn a contract at the Stadium of Light following a successful trial.

But, after making just three substitute appearances in three months for Sunderland, McFadden has rejected the Black Cats’ tentative proposals for a new deal, to play regularly north of the border for Stuart McCall’s side.

McFadden 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.”

When McFadden’s Sunderland deal expired on January 26, Martin O’Neill’s plan was to extend the 29-year-old’s contract until the end of the season and then send him on loan to the Championship for a month to get match fitness.

But McFadden was keen to play first-team football and saw a proposed move to Nottingham Forest fall down when Alex McLeish left his position at the City Ground.

Prior to Sunderland departing for last week’s training camp in Dubai, O’Neill was still keen to hold talks with McFadden and his agent.

But Motherwell’s determination to re-sign the player, who netted 26 times in 63 appearances before leaving for Everton in 2003, has seen them eventually land their man.

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