His form for his hometown club saw Liverpool part with a then-club record £11 million for the striker, despite his relative inexperience as a professional footballer. He scored 22 goals for the club in his first full season on Merseyside, helping the Reds to the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2001. Moves to Birmingham, Wigan and Aston Villa followed, before he spent the last two seasons in Australia with Newcastle Jets. He left the club at the end of the 2013/14 season to pursue a move back into English football - although he has yet to find a new club to play for.
However, the 62-capped England international has completed a switch to Leicester - just not in a playing role.
The 36-year-old has been appointed as ambassador for his former club’s Thailand International Academy, as reported by the Leicester Mercury.
Speaking at his unveiling in Bangkok, Heskey revealed what his duties would be for the Foxes.
“Leicester City is where it all started for me,” he said. “So it is with great pride that I return to the club in a role I am really excited about.”
“Coming up through the club’s academy and developing into a first team footballer were some of the most important years of my career but they were also some of the most enjoyable.
“My aim is to help these young players to have a similar experience while they are studying and playing in Leicester.”
There is still no confirmation that Heskey will be looking to continue his playing career, although his role with the Foxes should allow the ageing forward enough time to fulfil both playing and ambassadorial duties if he is still on the look-out for a new club.