McFadden returns to Motherwell until the end of the season
16:00 GMT, 17 February 2013
21:26 GMT, 18 February 2013
Motherwell have confirmed the signing of Scottish winger James McFadden until the end of the season after his short term contract was not renewed by Sunderland.
The 29-year-old had scored 32 goals while he was a teenager at the club before his 1.25million move to Everton.
The announcement caused so much interest among Motherwell fans that their official club website crashed in the immediate aftermath of the news.
Genius: James McFadden scored 26 goals in 63 games for Motherwell
He had attracted interest from two other
SPL clubs, which meant Motherwell moved fast to tie down, and he may be
available to play as early as Tuesday against Dundee United.
continued from last week as McFadden was keen to rejoin the side he
last played for in August 2003, in a 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle.
According to The Sun, last week manager Stuart McCall didn't want to talk about the McFadden situation directly, saying: 'He's a talented player but there's nothing more to report than that.
'We provide facilities for a few of our former players. Marc Fitzpatrick is in training with us and I think Paul Slane is coming in next week as well.
McFadden wanted to get a deal sorted out as soon as possible to move back to his former hunting ground and was at their 3-0 win against Inverness on Saturday.
Home sweet home: McFadden was at Fir Park on Saturday to watch Motherwell
The club are hoping that McFadden will not only boost morale in the team, but also attract more numbers to Fir Park.
The winger, who was originally known for the number of dribbles he made in games for the North-Lanarkshrie club, moved to Sunderland last October but only made three substitue appearances, totaling just 34 minutes.
Capped: An in-form McFadden would be fighting for a Scotland place again