Chris Forrester has signed a three-year deal with St Patrick's Athletic after the Dubliner's contract was terminated by Aberdeen.
He joined Aberdeen last summer for £200,000 from Peterborough but failed to make an impact at Pittodrie.
The 26-year-old has a daughter in Dublin and has battled homesickness throughout his time overseas. His family suffered a bereavement before Christmas which was a major factor in his request to leave Aberdeen.
He made a big impression across the water when he joined Peterborough from St Pat's in 2015 and was quickly promoted to club captain in addition to being named in an extended Ireland squad.
"I was always going to be coming back to Pats, it's a club that is very close to my heart," he said.
"With me coming home, it gives me a fresh start, I'm around my family, I'm around my little girl, my friends... as a footballer you want to be loved and if I come back to Pats and deliver, I will be.
"I'm looking forward to getting going."
Rhys McCabe has also joined the Saints from Sligo Rovers for the 2019 season.