Andy Johnson has returned to Crystal Palace on a short-term deal.
The 33-year-old England international will take on a coaching role with the club’s academy as well as helping boost coach Neil Warnock’s options on the forward line.
He was released by Queens Park Rangers at the end of his contract in July.
“I am delighted to be coming back to a club that I love and have a real soft spot for,” Johnson said on the club’s website.
“I would like to thank the gaffer and the chairman for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to helping this football club have continued success in the Premier League. I have also been given an opportunity to help the youngsters in a coaching capacity, something I am really looking forward to getting involved in.”
Johnson initially joined the ‘Eagles’ from Birmingham as part exchange for Clinton Morrison, who later returned to Selhurst Park, in 2002. He went on to score 84 competitive goals in 155 appearances for the club, as well as helping the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2004.
His 21 strikes in his first appearance in a top-flight campaign saw him finish second behind then-Arsenal’s Thierry Henry in the race for the Barclays Premier League golden boot as well as earning him his first England call-up.
He left the club for Everton in 2006 for a fee of £8.5m. Johnson has 149 senior goals in more than 450 appearances.