THE rumour mill went into overdrive this week after it was reported former ‘Well star James McFadden was making a return to the club.

The 29-year-old was said to be joining the Steelmen for pre-season training, but the club hadn’t confirmed any plans as the Times & Speaker went to press.

Social networking sites were buzzing with speculation that the former Claret and Amber hit man could return on a short-term deal to boost the team’s Champions League hopes.

McFadden is currently a free agent after being released by Everton at the end of the season.

He made a short return to The Toffees last October following an injury-plagued spell at Birmingham.

And fans are sure to be delighted that the striker, who netted over 30 goals during his time at Motherwell, could soon be running out at Fir Park once again.

McFadden has had a long affinity with the club since making his debut, aged just 17, in 2000.

He returned in February this year to encourage supporters to join the ‘Well Society.

He said at the time: “When you come back through the door it feels like home, as if you are part of the set-up - a wee trip down memory lane.

“Obviously the club played a big part in my life and my career, the fans were so good to me when I was here.”

Meanwhile, Motherwell fans have been given their chance to vote on the admission of a ‘Newco’ Rangers into the SPL.

The club is holding a ballot of all adult ‘Well Society members and the small number of existing minority shareholders who have yet to join the society.

SPL member clubs will meet on July 4 to vote on the matter, with an 8-4 majority required for the Newco to be admitted.

However, with six clubs - St Johnstone, Aberdeen, Inverness, Hearts, Hibs and Dundee Utd - already stating publicly that they will vote against the application, Motherwell’s vote is now unlikely to have any impact.

A poll run on the Times & Speaker’s websites and Facebook page attracted a 67 per cent vote for ‘no’ and 33 per cent for ‘yes’.

The club released a guidance document with information on ‘the risk and uncertainty surrounding each possible outcome of the vote’.

However it said there would be implications either way.

A statement read: “We are increasingly of the view that the uncertainties around the financial implications are substantial and negative under all likely scenarios.

“This is a matter of extreme regret for our club given all the work being undertaken on a strategy to help us grow sustainably as a community and family-based club owned and run by our fans.

“At a time we should be enjoying the club’s success on the park and development off it, we face a grave threat to the viability of our sport and our club through no fault of our own.”