Blast from the past: Striker Andrew Johnson returns to Crystal Palace

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Andrew Johnson, remember the name?

The former England international has returned to Crystal Palace, the club where he made his name during their last spell in the Premier League over a decade ago.

On Wednesday the Eagles announced they have swooped to tie up ‘AJ’ to a short-term deal, as the veteran forward was a free agent after being released by Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season.

Johnson, 33, has spent time at Palace, QPR, Birmingham City, Fulham and Everton during his career which has been derailed by injuries in recent seasons. Johnson scored 85 goals in 160 games for Palace during his first spell at Selhurst Park from 2002-06 and in addition to bolstering the forward options for new manager Neil Warnock, Johnson will also help to coach some of the academy teams.

“I am delighted to be coming back to a club that I love and have a real soft spot for,” Johnson told Palace’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 made eight appearances for England from 2005-07  and was put on standby for the Three Lions squad at the 2006 World Cup but was not called up Sven Goran Eriksson. In the past two seasons at QPR he has managed just two goals in 24 appearances after struggling to recover from a cruciate knee ligament injury.

After soaring with the Eagles in the past, Johnson will be hoping to add experience and depth to Palace’s squad this time around.