McFadden eyes more playing time
James McFadden is delighted to have returned to Everton and is hopeful of playing more regularly in his second spell.
By Subhankar Mondal
Last Updated: 18/10/11 4:57pm
James McFadden is delighted to have returned to Everton and is hopeful of playing more regularly in his second spell at the Merseyside club.
The 28-year-old forward joined the Toffees on a free transfer on Monday, signing a contract that will see him through until the end of the 2011/12 campaign.
McFadden, who was released by Birmingham City in June after missing virtually all of last season with a serious knee injury, played for Everton between 2003 and 2008 and is glad to have come back to Goodison Park.
"Obviously I have been here before and I know what the club's all about," he told Sky Sports. "It's a massive club.
"The manager (David Moyes) asked me if I could come and help them out. He has helped me out as well, so it's a good chance for me to get back to playing for a massive club."
The Scotland international also reflected on his departure from Everton for Birmingham in January 2008.
"I asked the manager (to let me go) for footballing reasons as I wasn't playing much the first time I was here," explained McFadden.
"I had a chat with the manager and he agreed that I could go because I wanted to play first-team football week in week out, and that's what I have done since I left. "
When probed on whether he expects to play more regularly in his second stint at Everton, McFadden stated: "I spoke to the manager (about this).
"I know what I am going to get here and he knows what he is going to get off of me. I am not coming back to sit on the bench every week but (at the same time) I cannot come back and play every week (right away).
"The manager has given me a chance and it is up to me now."
Everton have made a disappointing start to the Premier League this season and are stationed in 15th spot, with seven points from as many matches.