A man who spent nine years at Blackburn Rovers between 2004 and 2013, which included some memorable moments in the Premier League, has opened the door to an emotional return.
Morten Gamst Pedersen was released at the end of his contract 18 months ago, freeing him to link up with Turkish side Karabukspor before returning to his native Norway at Rosenborg in March.
His fine form has earned him an international recall and got him dreaming of a second spell in England.
The 33-year-old has been offered no indication that Blackburn would be willing to bring him back, but he has expressed an interest in re-signing if the Championship club are open to discussions.
Pedersen said in the Lancashire Telegraph: “I’m fit and well and it’s good to have a break because I have played for 19 months non-stop.
“I would love to play for Blackburn again because it’s a club I love and I will always come back to. But it’s not up to me that decision.
“I just have to work hard and do what I can and, anyway, I will always support Blackburn and the club will always mean a lot to me.”
The undoubted highlight of Pedersen’s previous stint at Ewood Park was the brace he netted during a 2-1 victory at Manchester United in 2005.
Spectacular goals were his calling card throughout his time in England, with opponents wary of offering him space from distance.
He should have no problem readjusting to second-tier competition if he does return, having spent the 2012/13 campaign competing at that level, and would add valuable experience to Gary Bowyer’s ranks as Rovers endeavour to piece together a promotion push.