Chris Forrester is looking forward to a "fresh start" as he begins his second spell at St Patrick's Athletic.

The midfielder has signed a three-year contract as he returns to the Inchicore club,

Forrester was released by Aberdeen yesterday, with the Scottish club saying they did so at the player's request in order to allow him return home to his family. He joined from Peterborough United just last summer for £200,000. 

Forrester was previously with the Saints and was one of the outstanding players in the League of Ireland, scoring a string of sensational goals. 

"With everything that has been going on with my life, I was always going to be coming home to Pat's; it's a club that is very close to my heart," said Forrester, speaking on the club's social media channel.

"We had a good few years when I was here before so hopefully we can do it again this season.

"I'm looking forward to working under Harry again. Harry was here as a coach and I really enjoyed that. It was one of the main reasons to come back [to Pat's]. I know what Harry is about and what he wants to do with the team, from speaking to him.

"With me coming home, it allows me to have a fresh start, it allows me to be around my family and around my little girl.

"I'm back at a club who, I think, genuinely likes me, and as a footballer, you just want to be loved, so coming back to Pat's, if I can do the business, that's what it will be for me.

"I'm a bit nervous coming back, but I'm looking forward to it."

Rhys McCabe has also joined Kenny's squad, having spent last season at Sligo Rovers. 

McCabe, formerly of Rangers, joins another ex-Sligo player Mikey Drennan at Richmond Park as Kenny completes what is now an impressive-looking squad.