David Goodwillie returns to Clyde after ill-fated and controversial Raith Rovers move

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David Goodwillie is leaving Raith Rovers having failed to make a single appearance.

David Goodwillie is set to return to Clyde after his controversial and ill-fated move to Raith Rovers in January.

Less than two months after his move to Raith, Goodwillie is set to return, according to The Sun, rejoining Clyde on a loan deal with a view to making it permanent in the summer.

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The veteran striker’s move to the Kirkcaldy-based side was met with fierce opposition due to his controversial past.

A civil case in 2017 ruled that Goodwillie and former Dundee United teammate David Robertson raped Denise Clair after a night out in Bathgate, West Lothian, in 2011.

On the back of the Raith move, board memebrs Bill Clark and Andy Mill stepped down from their roles, and long-time sponsor Val McDermid withdrew her support.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon and former prime minister Gordon Brown also criticised the move, which also saw the club’s women’s team cut their association.

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Following those events, Raith announced Goodwillie would not play for the club and that discussions would be held over his contract, despite the club initially standing by their decision.

Goodwillie will now rejoin Clyde and could even be available this weekend having not played a single game for Raith.

Clyde are currently sixth in the Scottish League One, and Goodwillie, who has previously played for Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool, among others, will be looking to add to the 92 goals in 140 league appearances he managed in his first spell at the club.

The deal was struck before Monday night’s loan deadline, and The Sun say a permanent deal is expected to follow this summer.

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