Schalke have given former Arsenal and Fulham defender Moritz Volz the chance to resurrect his career and earn a return to his first professional club.
The 26-year-old left the Royal Blues to join the Gunners in 1999 and spent further spells with Wimbledon, Fulham and Ipswich, but he has been without a club since July.
Schalke manager Felix Magath now wants to take a close look at the full-back, who was part of the 26-man squad that flew to Jerez this morning for a one-week training camp ahead of the Bundesliga restart on January 15.
With the future of Schalke's current first-choice right full-back Rafinha unclear after he reported for training late, Volz has the chance to not only earn a contract but also stake a claim for a place in the Royal Blues' team.
Volz earned one call-up to the Germany squad in 2004 but has yet to win an international cap. He played 146 times for Fulham before being released last summer.
Meanwhile, Schalke have also signed Brazilian striker Edu on a three-and-a-half-year contract, bringing him back to the Bundesliga after three years in South Korea.
The 28-year-old was already waiting to meet his new team-mates at their winter training camp in Chiclana, Spain, today after putting pen to paper on his return to Germany.
The Brazilian formerly appeared for Schalke's local rivals Bochum, for whom he scored 16 goals in two seasons before moving to Mainz in 2006.
He left Mainz after only six months to join Suwon Samsung Bluewings in January 2007 and returns three years later for his third adventure in the Bundesliga.