Dimitrios Konstantopoulos has signed non-contract terms with Hartlepool United – and made his return debut for the club on Tuesday night.
The Greek keeper featured in Pools’ 3-0 win over Tow Law in the Durham Challenge Cup at Victoria Park.
Konstantopoulos first arrived at Pools 16-years ago and went on to make 139 appearances for the club, before departing for Coventry City.
The 41-year-old was released by Middlesbrough at the end of last season and has been training with the Monkey Hangers since the summer to keep fit and remain available for a deal.
He was expected to go to the Middle East and finish his career in Dubai, before his short-term deal fell through, with the Greek now looking to finish his career in England.
He told SportsByte: “I’ve always loved playing at the Vic and it brings back fond memories.”
Pools fans remain keen on bringing back the shot stopper on a permanent basis – with rumoured pressure on current number one, Ben Killip.
“I know a lot of fans want me to sign. I get a lot of messages.”
It was revealed that former Pools boss, Craig Hignett tried to lure Konstantopoulos to the Vic earlier in the season, but personal terms couldn’t be agreed.
Last night’s victory was his first competitive match since Middlesbrough were beaten by Newport County in the FA Cup in January.