Ross McCormack’s shock National League move to Aldershot Town suffers a disappointing false start due an injury he picked up.
The 34-year-old is yet to score for his new club since the surprise move this summer, but the club claim the Scotland cap is “pushing to be back as soon as possible.”
He has so far played two games since his spell at the Shots began on the 18th of September 2020, however is yet to find the back of the net.
Shots boss Danny Searle revealed he has been hard at work with McCormack and stars “who do have knocks and niggles.”
“We’ve got quite a few out at the minute,” Searle told Shots TV when asked about McCormack and other injury woes.
“We’ve probably got six you would argue would potentially command a start.
“That is bad enough when you have a big squad, but when you haven’t got a big squad that’s going to affect you.
“We are working as hard as we can to get those lads back.”
Ross McCormack has seen his wage demands revealed after sealing that shocking, out of nowhere non league move to Aldershot.
Aldershot Town have signed former Aston Villa and Fulham striker Ross McCormack
Some coup for the Shots. Was earning £65,000 a week until last year.
— Sam Elliott (@Sam_Elliott_) September 18, 2020
Manager of the National League side, Danny Searle insists that the experienced former English Football League player “hasn’t bankrupted” the club in joining the Shots.
The ex-Fulham, Cardiff, Leeds, Aston Villa and Rangers striker has commanded over £25 million in transfer fees during spells at his former clubs.
A personal message from Ross to all the Shots fans… 🤜🤛🏟🙌
— Aldershot Town FC (@OfficialShots) September 18, 2020
However, the Scotland cap last played for The Steelmen in his second spell at Fir Park while on loan from Villa in early 2019.
The 34-year-old made just four appearances off the bench for Stephen Robinson’s side before he was released from his Villa Park contract.
2004–2006 – Rangers – 11 games (2 goals)
2006 → Doncaster Rovers (loan) – 19 games (5 goals)
2006–2008 – Motherwell – 48 games (10 goals)
2008–2010 – Cardiff City – 74 games (25 goals)
2010–2014 – Leeds United – 144 games (53 goals)
2014–2016 – Fulham – 89 games (38 goals)
2016–2019 – Aston Villa – 20 games (3 goals)
2017 → Nottingham Forest (loan) – 7 games (1 goal)
2017–2018 → Melbourne City (loan) – 17 games (14 goals)
2018–2019 → Central Coast Mariners (loan) – 5 games (1 goal)
2019 → Motherwell (loan) – 3 games (0 goals)
2020– Aldershot Town
2006–2008 – Scotland U21 – 10 games (3 goals)
2007 – Scotland B – 1 game (0 goals)
2008–2016 – Scotland – 13 games (2 goals)
After Ross McCormack’s shock National League move, boss Searle says he has not asked for a big-money deal to return to football. His current market value according to Transfermarkt stands at £1.08m.
He told Shots TV on the move and Ross McCormack wage demands: “He was so great and easy to deal with.
“It wasn’t about money for him, it’s about loving the game.
“He has had a tremendous career and he’s a fantastic footballer and we’re lucky to have him, and he feels lucky to be here.
“I know people will look at it and say ‘how has that happened?’ but he just loves the game.
“The way he is with our players and younger players, he is already having an influence.
“As I say, it wasn’t about money for him. He hasn’t bankrupted us at all. He has actually come in and fit in with our wage structure and he has made sure that he adds value.
“He wants to give something back to the game.
“People will have opinions; good, bad and indifferent, about lots of different people, but for me he has been tremendous to deal with and I can’t wait to work with him every day.”
The full interview can be listened and watched below…
McCormack said in an interview with the club:
– Couldn’t wait to get started
– Wasn’t a hard decision to make in joining Aldershot
– Had a good break and been out for the whole of last season
– Had a good chance to reflect, some much needed headspace
– Football is football, doesn’t matter what level you play at
– Looking forward to getting to know the lads, their qualities and attributes
– Manager has been first class, honest, open, good chats and knows everything that went on in his life and is willing to start a fresh
– Not sure on his goals and targets in a league he doesn’t know too well, just wants to focus on enjoying the game again, if he is then will definitely see some goals