Wayne Rooney Secures Everton Return on a Free

England international Wayne Rooney rejoined Everton earlier this month after he was released from his Manchester United contract with a sizeable compensation.

The 31-year-old leaves the Red Devils after having broken the club's all-time goalscoring record with 253 goals in 559 appearances.

Rooney had received offers from clubs in China and the United States, but a return to Merseyside was the striker's prime focus during this summer's transfer window. The veteran marksman returned to Goodison Park after a 13-year gap, and he was ecstatic at making his comeback.

"It's a great feeling to be back. I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play. I'm not just coming back because it's the team I support, the team I grew up playing for - I'm coming back because I feel the club can move forward and be successful," he told the club's official website. "I want to be part of it. There will be pressure on me to perform, but I'm ready to go. I believe I can help move this club forward and be more successful on the pitch."

Rooney had seen several high-profile additions to the Toffees squad prior to his arrival, and this simplified his decision to rejoin his former club, who are under the management of Ronald Koeman. The former United legend has lost his place in the England national side over the past year or so, and he will be desperate to regain his position ahead of the World Cup finals in Russia next year.

Bournemouth's Jermain Defoe managed to defy his age to make a comeback at 34, and Rooney will no doubt take it as an example as he looks to extend his record tally of 53 goals for the Three Lions. Rooney made a sparkling start on his return in the Everton shirt as he netted a long-range strike in the 2-1 win over Kenyan club GorMahia in a pre-season friendly.