Sydney FC have delivered Trent McClenahan back to his home city after a 10-year absence, signing the defender for the 2012-13 A-League season.
The 27-year-old left childhood club Parramatta Power to join English Premier League outfit West Ham United in 2002, spending nine years in the United Kingdom before returning to Australia in 2011 for short-term stints with A-League duo Perth Glory and the Central Coast Mariners.
He is now back on more familiar turf by signing a one-year deal at the Sky Blues on Wednesday, having only joined the club on trial six days earlier.
Officially announced as a Sydney FC player on Friday, McClenahan revealed his relief after signing his first long-term deal since leaving Hamilton Academicals at the end of the 2009-10 Scottish Premier League season.
"It's just good to get it signed. I can get a little more settled now, and look a bit more longer-term," he told Goal.com.
"… It's what I've been looking for for the last year - a bit of stability. I get a full pre-season under my belt now and I'll be 100 percent fit come the season start so I can go at it full tilt."
McClenahan had spent almost a month on trial at the Western Sydney Wanderers before linking up with their city rivals.
"I was there for about three-and-a-half weeks and I played in their first trial game. Poppa was waiting to get a few more foreign trialists in and they didn't really want to make a decision," he said.
"Crooky wanted to see me as well, so I went from Western Sydney to Sydney, and after a couple of days they offered me a deal.
"I suppose that's how it works out at the end of the day."
Crook is expected to use McClenahan in his favoured right-back position, though the former Australia Under-23 international is capable of playing across the back and in defensive midfield.
"For me he is a winner and has a winning mentality," Crook said via statement.
"He wants to succeed and is a really good age for us, having had some good experience overseas and in captaining the Australian Under-20s.
"He fits into a couple of areas for us either at full-back or a central defender which is really good as well."