Coventry City have signed midfielder Carl Baker on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Baker’s return to the Sky Blues after four years away has been discussed privately and publicly since he recently started training at Ryton after a long-term injury took him out of the Indian Premier league.
His re-signing has been called for by many City fans and will provide options for the promotion push in wide midfield, where young academy graduates Tom Bayliss and Jordan Shipley have been successfully vying for places with recent loanees Josh Barrett and Jordan Maguire Drew, as well as Peter Vincente.
Their introduction followed the long-term injuries of wide player and goalscorer Jodi Jones, and Tony Andreu.
Baker will bring know how and experience, provided the veteran can avoid recurrence of the Achilles heel injury.
Baker, who was most recently with Indian side ATK, will be eligible to play on Saturday against Barnet, subject to EFL registration and international clearance, the club announced this afternoon.
In his stint at the club in higher leagues from 2010 to 2014, he played 182 games and scored 28 goals.
Manager Mark Robins, who worked with Baker in his previous spell, said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Carl back to the club and delighted that he has regained general fitness and has shown through training with the first team that he can be an asset to us from now to the end of the season.
“He has shown and expressed a desire to return to Coventry City Football Club and help us achieve our season goals.
“It will be great for both parties as he is both a tremendous person and a great player to have around the club and a firm favourite amongst the supporters.”