Aston Villa canceled the loan agreement with Central Coast Mariners in order to send estranged forward Ross McCormack to Scotland. McCormack linked-up with Motherwell on Saturday.
More Ross McCormack news! Exciting!
Not really, but the Villa forward, contracted through summer 2020, will be situated much closer to home. It looks like Dean Smith had no intentions of using the estranged 32-year-old, even with Tammy Abraham’s (presumed) impending departure. McCormack was loaned to Motherwell, the club he played for from 2006-2008. He scored 14 goals in 57 appearances for the club during that time.
In Australia, McCormack began the A-League season as a starter until injury two months ago. Central Coast Mariners sit in 10th-place out ten without a win through 11 league matches. McCormack started five of those, scoring one goal.
Due to FIFA regulations, McCormack could only play for one more club this season. With his move to Motherwell, the veteran Scottish forward will not feature again this campaign, for Villa.
His falling out with Steve Bruce was bizarre. It might never have been an issue until the former manager aired the entire situation publicly – for all to see and hear. But maybe it was deserved, who knows.
What I do know is that McCormack’s signing is among the worst in recent years. Big money fee, high wages, no value whatsoever. The fact that the club has another 1.5 years to run on the deal is tragic and serves as a reminder about how the club is in the position that it is. Let’s hope Ross gets his career back on track and delivers so that he can leave Villa on a permanent or season-long loan basis in the summer. That is what would be best for all parties involved.