Senegal international midfielder Salif Diao has returned to Stoke on a two-year contract.
Diao, 33, left the Potters to look for a move abroad when his contract expired at the end of last season, but manager Tony Pulis was only too happy to re-sign the player.
Pulis said: “It is fantastic. He is not only an experienced head, but a good person to have around.
“We made it perfectly clear there would always be a welcome for him back here and we’re delighted he has signed now.”
And Diao, who has also accepted an international ambassadorial role with the Potters, added: “It’s great to be back home.
“I love the club and I love the supporters so I always hoped something could be sorted out.
“I feel there is unfinished business and I want to help Stoke City continue the excellent progress made in my time here.
“Tony Pulis is more than a manager to me and I want to repay the faith that he has shown in my ability at this stage in my career.”