Scarborough Athletic have confirmed the signing of Jimmy Beadle.
Beadle, who rose through the youth system at Scarborough FC before making a number of first team appearances, will slot into the squad for tomorrow’s home game against Maltby Main.
The midfielder had spread his wings after leaving the McCain Stadium, playing his football at York City, Whitby Town and abroad in both Sweden and Norway.
Beadle, pictured playing for Scarborough FC, had always stated his intentions to return to play for Scarborough, sparking a move from Boro boss Rudy Funk.
Funk said: “There were a lot of clubs that wanted to sign Jimmy because he is such a gifted player.
“The level we are currently playing at isn’t his standard, he, like a few other players at the club, can play higher up.
“But his desire and passion was no different to that of Tony Hackworth when I spoke to him for the first time.
“He wants to do well for this club and I admire that.”
Funk has admired Beadle for a number of years, and the signing ends a lengthy string of talks between the pair that began when the current Boro boss grabbed the reins.
He added: “People have been saying since I joined the club that we should try and sign Jimmy. That dream is now a reality.
“Jimmy rang us and told me that he wanted to come back and play for the town where he started his career, so we jumped at the opportunity.
“He is the perfect player for me. Big, strong, but with an eye for a pass and an eye for goal.
“He came down to training on Thursday, maybe he is lacking a bit of match fitness, but he still looked superb.
“Jimmy will obviously have to fight his way into the team, but when he does he will be a great player for us now and a great player for us in the future.”