20 January, 2011

Mike Grella Loaned to Motherwell... Or Not

Looks like US journeyman forward, Mike Grella is on the move again. After a recent loan stint with Carlisle United where he netted 3 in 10 appearances, Leeds decided to send him north of the border to Motherwell in the SPL for some minutes.

At 23, he isn't getting any younger and with Leeds a producer of talent which they sell up, getting Grella some first team action is both productive and lucrative for them.

Grella joins Motherwell who sit 24pts out of first, but a mere 7pts out of a European Cup spot and who have only one forward with any more than 1 goal this season. It's never good when 2 of your top 3 goal scorers are midfielders. Hopefully, Grella can bring some goal scoring in and in turn start gaining much needed experience.


Well, it was just announced on Motherwell's website that the Grella move is off. In general, a player is only allowed to play for 2 different clubs within a season. Grella played 34mins for Leeds at the beginning of the season and then went out on emergency loan to Carlisle United where he played in 11 matches.

The loan move was good under the assumption that the emergency loan did not count against the 2 different club rule, but apparently it does. Well, Grella, you better be stepping up in practice or this'll be a long 2nd half to the season.

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