Rene Howe has made a shock return to Kettering Town.
The Poppies have confirmed that they have signed the striker subject to international clearance from the Welsh FA.
Howe has been out of football since leaving Newport County for compassionate reasons due to a serious family illness in March this year.
The 29-year-old enjoyed a brilliant spell with the Poppies in the 2006-07 season when, having been signed from Bedford Town by then-manager Morell Maison he scored 25 goals in 40 appearances.
That included five in a 10-1 drubbing of Clitheroe Town in the FA Trophy and four in Conference North clash at Hyde United.
His form earned him a move to Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee and he went on to play for the likes of Rochdale, Morecambe, Torquay United and Newport, where he linked up again with Justin Edinburgh having played for him during a loan spell with Rushden & Diamonds.
Howe has now returned to the Poppies in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division ahead of their clash at Merthyr Town tomorrow (Saturday).
“We are pushing for international clearance to get him available for tomorrow,” Poppies boss Marcus Law said.
“We are all extremely happy with the work we have done in the last couple of weeks and I we are excited about seeing him back in a Kettering shirt.
“He’s kept himself fit. He does need football fitness but he has shown enough in a couple of training sessions to tell us he can do the job at this level.
“There’s no hiding away from the fact that he wants to get back into the Football League.
“He is in a good place and as a club who have had him in the past and appreciated his ability, we are delighted that for the foreseeable future he will be wearing our number nine shirt.”