Socceroo Matt McKay has rejoined former club Brisbane Roar on a two-year contract after being released by Chinese club Changchun Yatai last month.
McKay, 30, spent six years at Brisbane before moving abroad in 2011, spending time in Scotland, South Korea and China.
The former Roar captain moves back to the A-League side as their marquee player until the end of the 2014/15 campaign, with the prospect of regular football likely to keep him in the frame for national selection ahead of next year's World Cup.
"I'm very happy to be back in Brisbane and back at the Roar," McKay said. "This club and this city is so close to my heart and I'm really looking forward to that moment when I pull on the orange jersey again and walk out onto Suncorp Stadium."
Brisbane coach Mike Mulvey led the charge to sign McKay and he believes the midfielder/defender will be crucial to the club's A-League campaign.
"Having a leader like Matt coming into such a competitive team will lift the bar across the whole squad," Mulvey said. "The fact that Socceroos like Matt are returning to the A-League leading into the most important World Cup for Australian football is testament to the growing strength of the competition."