I’ll be honest. I forgot Ross McCormack was still on Villa’s roster. Such is the tale of woe from a striker brought in with goal scoring promise and who failed to make an impact on the club — for a variety of reasons.
But the 32-year old Scot is heading home — and will join Motherwell on a five month loan, pending clearance.
I’ll admit — I love what he is telling the Motherwell fans about joining.
“Although I was a youth player at Rangers, got a good education there and played some first team games, I feel like this was the club that helped launch my career and I will be forever grateful for that... I want to put something back in to Motherwell for what they did for me all those years ago. My aim is to come in and score goals, help the team and help develop some of the younger talent in the squad.”
That kind of attitude is exactly how he should be approaching a move like this. I doubt we will ever get the whole — and true — story about what happened at Aston Villa. Ross may have been playing things down a bit when he said, “I’ve had a frustrating few years and I am desperate to just get back on the pitch again and do what I do.” Frustrating is likely an understatement.
We shall see if Ross can do well enough to find a permanent home somewhere else this summer because — and this is a little hard to believe — he still has another full year under contract at Aston Villa.