Perth Glory have confirmed the capture of former Colchester captain Chris Coyne on a three-year deal.
The Australia international negotiated his release from his contract with the Us on Thursday night, paving the way for the 30-year-old to return to his hometown club where he will play alongside his younger brother Jamie.
A host of clubs from across Australia, the Middle East and China were also interested in Coyne's services but the defender insisted once he was aware of Glory's interest, there was only one place he would go.
"To play alongside Jamie and for my hometown club was an opportunity that I didn't want to pass up," Coyne said. "I'm very happy to be coming home and I think Perth have been able to put together a really strong squad."
The move will also allow Australia coach Pim Verbeek to pay closer attention to Coyne's progress over the coming season and keep him in contention for a place in the Socceroos World Cup squad.
"I spoke to Pim and he was happy for me to come back," he added. "He will definitely have more opportunity to see me playing week in and week out which helped me make the decision.
"I feel as though I'm coming back while I still have plenty of good football to play and can offer Perth Glory my best."