Aberdeen have agreed a deal to take Mark Reynolds on loan from Sheffield Wednesday for the remainder of the season.
The former Motherwell defender has been frozen out at Hillsborough, making just six appearances this term and last appearing on November 5 last year.
Reynolds, 24, is now returning to Scotland less than a year after heading to try his luck in England in a £100,000 move.
Speaking after the completion of the move, Reynolds said: "As a young player you just want to play football. Unfortunately for me that wasn't happening down at Sheffield, so I wanted to come back up and get some regular game time and play under a manager I know and I know I can trust. "
The Scotland B cap has played just 14 times since swapping the SPL for England’s League One, having previously been captain at Fir Park, making 192 appearances over five years.
Reynolds, who can play either at centre or left back, could go straight into Craig Brown’s squad for their Scottish Cup match with Forfar Athletic on Saturday if his paperwork is completed on time.
The defender is all too aware of the size of the club that he is joining, and the task at hand in guiding the Dons up the table.
He concluded: "Coming from Scotland you know the size of the clubs. I think the potential is there if we get results for the crowds to go up. Everything is there for us to go on to the next level."
The Dons look likely to lose captain Richard Foster on Friday, with a move to Bristol City in the offing.