by Neil Weld
James Keene has returned to Pompey in a one-month loan deal from Swedish side Elfsborg.
The 27-year-old striker came through the ranks at Fratton Park and made his debut in a Premier League draw with Bolton in May 2005.
He played just once more for the Blues and – following loan spells with Bournemouth, Boston and GAIS – was allowed to join Elfsborg in 2007.
But now Keene is back and looking forward to stepping out in front of the Fratton faithful once more.
He said: “It was a long time ago that I was last here and it feels great to be back – it’s nice to come home.
“The club’s position has changed a lot, but there are still a few familiar faces around the place.
“I know Awfs and Guy very well and they asked if I wanted to come and train for a few days and now it’s turned into something more.
“I left here when I was 18 so it’s been a while, but I’m looking forward to playing in England again for a massive club.
“I made my Pompey debut at Fratton Park and it’ll be nice to get back out on the pitch again.
“I’ll work hard for the team and try to help the club win some games – hopefully I’ll provide a few goals as well.
“It’s going to be big challenge – everyone understands that. No-one said it’s going to be easy, but I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.”
Keene has recently spent time on loan at Stockholm-based Djurgardens, where he scored six goals in 26 games.
Meanwhile, Pompey goalkeeper Phil Smith has penned a new one-month deal.