Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan has returned on loan to Nottingham Forest until the end of the season following a successful loan spell.
The former Blackpool player impressed during several appearances for the Reds, despite time spent out with a hamstring injury, forming part of a dynamic trio alongside Andy Reid and Henri Lansbury.
Vaughan said: “I’m pleased to have everything sorted. I’ve enjoyed my time here so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.
“I like the way we play, we’ve got a good squad and the ambitions of the club are in line with what I want to achieve. It’s good a good opportunity for me.
“A key factor behind me coming back here was to be part of a squad pushing for promotion. The players believe in what the manager is trying to achieve and we’re all in it together with the same aims, which we’ll work hard to achieve.”
The Welsh international established himself at Blackpool, where he was an ever-present in Ian Holloway’s side as a holding midfielder, and won the club’s players’ player of the year award in 2011 ahead of Charlie Adam.
Holloway said in 2011: “He’s been arguably our best player this season. Some people won’t notice what he does in a game, but we do. And we appreciate what he does because he does it so brilliantly.
“He’s hardly ever noticed, hardly ever seen but he makes everything around him much more efficient. Any team would miss what he gives them.”
Vaughan joined Sunderland in 2011 on a three-year deal after his contract expired at Blackpool. However, damaged ankle ligaments and two hernia operations limited him to just 20 first-team starts in his first season and a groin injury saw just six starts in the 2012-13 season.
The 30-year-old began his career at Crewe Alexandra under Dario Gradi and made his debut in 2000. A move to Real Sociedad in 2007 lasted just a season after manager Chris Coleman resigned in January 2008.