Jonathan Woodgate has completed a return to Middlesbrough after agreeing a three-year deal.
Boro have confirmed that the 32-year-old former England international has signed for his hometown club for the second time after making a £7million switch from Real Madrid in 2007.
Woodgate was a free agent after his contract at Stoke expired at the end of last month.
The former Leeds and Newcastle defender has already set his sights on helping the Teessiders to regain a place in the Barclays Premier League.
Woodgate, who expects to end his career at the Riverside Stadium, told the club's official website, www.mfc.co.uk: "The pull of helping Boro back in the Premier League is very strong for me, and from what I have seen of the current squad I think it's achievable.
"[Manager] Tony Mowbray explained his plans for next season and how he is building a team that wants to get back in the Premier League as soon as possible.
"I want to be part of that and if we can achieve promotion in my time here, it will be a fantastic way to end my career."
Mowbray, who re-signed old boy Stuart Parnaby earlier this week, was impressed by Woodgate in their discussions and had no qualms about offering him a contract.
He said: "I've been very impressed with Jonathan in my conversations with him, and his passion for the football club stands out.
"I don't need to eulogise about Jonathan's quality. He's played for some of the biggest clubs in the world."