Well fans are used to seeing their star players leaving, the team they support is a self-proclaimed selling club. They bring players in for little, put them on a platform and sell them on to bigger things.
Here are five examples to illustrate what we mean.
Motherwell gave Erwin the chance to prove himself as a professional. In a purple patch of form towards the end of the 2014/15 season, Erwin caught the eye of Leeds United.
He moved to Elland Road shortly after, and although he never done much there, Motherwell still earned a compensation fee for him. The player got a dream move and Motherwell got some cash for him.
A win-win for all.
Johnson was brilliant for Motherwell. Whilst Erwin’s contributions to the Well’s survival during 2014/15 will be overshadowed by a punch to the face he received from Bilel Moshni, Johnson will be remembered for ending Cammy Bell’s professional career.
Johnson was a brilliant winger and the Well have never had someone quite like him since. The Scottish Sun reported in 2017 that the Steelmen signed him for £40,000 from Kidderminster Harriers. The Well then sold him to Oxford United for a reported £500,000, which included a “big sell-on” according to the report.
The people’s champion, nobody has quite captivated the Fir Park crowd in recent times quite like Moult did during his spell at Fir Park. The only player who’s got near it is Turnbull.
The prolific hitman joined the club from Wrexham for buttons in hindsight. In January 2018 he moved to Preston for what the Daily Record reported as £450,000.
Heneghan was a solid defender for Motherwell over the season and a bit he was there. The Englishman was a bit raw initially, but over time, he blossomed into a mature centre-half at Fir Park.
He moved to Sheffield United on the 2017 Summer deadline day for a reported £400,000. The Well signed him for nothing.
Kipre! Kipre! That’s the chant you heard on a weekly basis at Motherwell when the big defender was in town.
He was a cult hero for the Well, being picked up on a free after his Leicester City release.
He spent one season at Motherwell before his move to Wigan earned the Fir Park side a figure of up to £1 million reportedly.
How can you not mention Motherwell’s soon-to-be most expensive player?
The midfielder has the footballing world at his feet. He could be a major asset for Celtic and he’ll certainly be one for his country if he continues to develop.
These deals just show what Motherwell are all about. They give relatively unknown players a platform and let them express themselves at Fir Park. They go on to make a name for themselves and Motherwell build reputation and finance off the back of it.
Motherwell’s business model is evidently a successful one.