Theo Walcott has completed a season-long loan move back to first club Southampton from Everton, the Saints have announced.
The 31-year-old England international, who made his senior debut for the south-coast club as a 16-year-old, has returned almost 15 years after his departure.
A club statement said: “Southampton Football Club is proud to announce that Theo Walcott, one of the most celebrated academy graduates in its history, has returned to St Mary’s.”
Walcott, who spent 12 years at Arsenal before heading for Everton in a £20million move in January 2018, has found himself a peripheral figure at Goodison Park under manager Carlo Ancelotti.
He said: “I had a few opportunities from other clubs, but as soon as Southampton came in for me, it’s part of me and has made me into the player I am. It’s in my heart.
“I will probably cry, I bet, when I first play, and it means so much. All the people that made it happen, I can’t thank them enough. Honestly, I’m so pleased.
“I was seriously lost for words when Southampton came on the table, and for me it was such an easy decision.”