James McFadden is excited about the prospect of starting a new life and career in the United States – but first he wants to make another impact at first club Motherwell.
McFadden hopes to tie up a move to Philadelphia Union before the MLS season starts on 6 March but he is looking to leave on a high note by helping Motherwell continue their recent upturn in form.
“It’s something I have wanted for a couple of years now,” the 32-year-old former Everton player, who has signed a short-term deal at Fir Park, said about heading to the States. “My kids are getting a wee bit older so the timing is absolutely perfect for me in terms of playing, but also to get my family over and start a new life in a new country.
“I went out and trained, it went well and the manager said he wanted me back. They need to sort out who is going to be there for next year before they speak to people about coming in. But it was positive and I’m hopeful we will get a deal sorted.”
“Every day I feel I’m getting fitter and having more influence in training,” said McFadden ahead of today’s clash with Dundee United. “I spoke to the manager (Mark McGhee) and he and I both felt I could add something to the team. He said straight away that we would get something sorted.
“I think everyone thought I was just keeping fit until I got this sorted in America but if I can get out on the pitch again and score a goal, I’d be absolutely delighted.”