Steed Malbranque ended his one-year hiatus from top-level football on Saturday by returning to his former club Lyon on a one-year contract.
The 32-year-old French midfielder had been training with Lyon since the beginning of July and took part in some of the club's pre-season friendly matches.
After making his debut with Lyon in 1998, Malbranque joined Fulham in July 2001 and it was to prove the start of a long and fruitful period in English football.
He went on to play for Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland and scored 39 goals in 333 appearances over a period of 10 seasons in England.
A year ago, he was released by Sunderland and returned to France to join Saint-Etienne, only for his contract to be terminated by mutual consent for personal reasons a few weeks later.